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Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Announces the Birth of New Clouded Leopard Cub

clouded leopardThe Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is pleased to announce the birth of a female clouded leopard cub born on April 25, 2014. The cub was born to Nimbus (female) and Cirrus (male), the Zoo’s clouded leopards that arrived at the Zoo in February of 2012. The leopards came to the Zoo as the result of a partnership with the Clouded Leopard Consortium in Thailand. Both parents are descendants of wild clouded leopards. The cub will be on exhibit daily 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Clouded leopards are one of the species at the Zoo that are involved in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP’s are managed breeding programs for individual species that are vanishing from the wild. In addition the Zoo is a participant in several other SSP plans that include the red-ruffed lemur, spot-nosed guenon, Aruba Island rattlesnake, black-footed cat, cotton-top tamarin, cheetah, siamang, Puerto Rican crested toad, and two species of rock iguanas, the Grand Cayman Island rock iguana and the rhinoceros iguana.

“As participating members of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan, it is very gratifying to contribute to the long term survival of these endangered cats,” said Joe Montisano, Zoo CEO. “We are dedicated to their conservation and the birth of this cub will enable the Zoo to educate and keep this important issue in front of the many annual visitors to the Zoo.”

Clouded leopards are related to lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards and snow leopards. They are excellent climbers with short and flexible legs, large paws and sharp claws. Their tails can be as long as their bodies, further aiding in balance. Surprisingly, this arboreal cat can climb while hanging upside-down under branches and descend tree trunks head-first.

Sexual maturity occurs around 2 years old. The gestation period is about 90 days and females can produce a litter every year. One to four cubs are produced per litter. Cubs are independent at about 10 months old.

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About the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens - The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens is a 132 acre, 501 (C) 3 not-for-profit conservation resource providing experiences that excite and inspire children and adults to learn and act on behalf of wildlife. For more information regarding the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens visit www.centralfloridazoo.org or call 407.323.4450. The Zoo is located on I-4 Exit 104 in Sanford and is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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