Amur Leopard Cubs

Credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado– The population of Amur leopards, one of the largest and most magnificent big cats, is alarmingly scarce, with a mere 100 individuals estimated to be left in their natural habitat.

Their critically low numbers highlight the urgent need for conservation efforts to protect and preserve this endangered species.

Amur Leopard Cubs
Credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The birth of two Amur leopard cubs at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado is a significant milestone for the conservation of this endangered species.

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The arrival of these cubs brings hope for the future of Amur leopards, considering their critically low population in the wild. It is crucial for the zoo to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the cubs during their early development.

Keeping them behind the scenes for the first few months is a standard practice to ensure their well-being and proper bonding with their mother. It’s an exciting time for the zoo and a positive step forward in the efforts to protect these magnificent big cats.

Amur Leopard Female Cub: Anya
Credit: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

“Imagine nursing your first baby while having contractions for your second,” said Cheyenne Mountain Zoo animal care manager Rebecca Zwicker. “I think Anya is absolutely incredible. She looks confident and comfortable with the cubs, and we’re elated for her and her babies. I’m so proud of our animal care team and their commitment to Anya and the future of the Amur leopard species.”

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“It always amazes me when a first-time mom embraces the role as naturally as Anya has,” said Zwicker. “She’s a patient and attentive mom. She knows where those babies are at all times. There’s a lot of cuddling, grooming, nursing and cleaning going on, and we’re seeing Anya take time to groom and care for herself, which is equally important.”