Clouded Leopard Cub Debuts at San Diego Zoo

Posted at 12:01 am December 7, 2012 by PR
DECEMBER 6, 2012
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Clouded Leopard Cub Debuts at San Diego Zoo

     SAN DIEGO – Riki-san, a 14-week-old clouded leopard at the San Diego Zoo, was not sure if he should take a cat nap or continue to play. The male cub and his brother (not pictured) arrived earlier this week from the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, where a very successful breeding program has helped to increase the population of this critically endangered species. According to zookeepers, 13-pound Riki-san, although larger than his brother Haui-san, is the more timid cat and his coat pattern is darker and his rosettes more pronounced. The cubs will spend 30 days in quarantine at the San Diego Zoo, where they are visible to the public daily and have already become guest favorites. Named for its cloud-like spots, the male clouded leopard can weigh up to 50 pounds. This cat is found mostly in the Southeast Asian rain forest and is an excellent swimmer and climber.Photo taken on Dec. 6, 2012, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.


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