Meet the clouded leopard cubs!Rare clouded leopard cubs Orchid, Banyan, Kapok and Teak are healthy and growing fast.
Watch as zookeepers care for and feed the four tiny cubs inside the Cub Den in the Asian Forest Sanctuary. Through Aug. 2, they can be seen during keeper interaction times at 11 am and 5 pm.
Starting Aug. 3, the schedule will change and the cubs will be viewable during playtime at the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater Exercise Yard at 11 am and during keeper interaction time at the Cub Den at 2:30 pm.
The quadruplets were born May 12 and are the fourth litter born to Chai Li (chai-lye) and her mate Nah Fun (nah-foon). Each of the cubs is named for flora found in the clouded leopards' native Southeast Asia. There are three males and one female in the unusually large litter.
Clouded leopards, named for their thundercloud markings, are so shy and elusive that scientists don't have an accurate estimate of their wild population. Fewer than 100 live in accredited North American zoos.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is a recognized global leader in Clouded leopard conservation. Grants from the Dr. Holly Reed Conservation Fund support clouded leopard research, education and anti-poaching work in Southeast Asia.
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Did you know?
- Clouded leopards are among the best climbers in the cat family and can hang from branches with their hind feet!
- Their large paws provide a great grip on tree branches, and a long tail (up to 3 feet long) helps them balance.
- They can open their mouths wider than most other cats and have extremely long canine teeth. For this reason they are sometimes called the "modern day saber-toothed cat."
- Clouded leopards live in tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia, from Nepal and southern China through Thailand, Indonesia, and Borneo.