Baby leopard brothers arrive at zoo
The 14-week-old brothers came to Southern California by way of the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere. The zoo has a breeding program aimed at boosting the numbers of this species, listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Named for their cloud-like spots, males of the cat species can weigh up to 50 lbs. They can be found in forest pockets from the foothills of the Himalayas to eastern China and Southeast Asia. Known for their acrobatic lifestyle, the clouded leopard and the margay from South America are the only cat species that can scurry down a tree head first.
Riki-san and Haui-san will remain for 30 days in a quarantine unit at the zoo, where they can be seen climbing on (and tumbling off) scratching posts and wrestling with each other. At 13 pounds, Riki-san is the larger of the two but is also the more timid one. The other one, 11.5-lbs Haui-san, is feistier and eggs on his brother to play, according to the zoo.
Critical thinking challenge: Why would one zoo send animals to another zoo?
Define these words: feistier, species
- Posted on December 9, 2012