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Two leopard cubs born at Jacksonville Zoo

4:08 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
Amur Leopard cubs
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Amur leopard couple became a proud parents of two new November 16. 

The two Amur leopard cubs were born just minutes apart at the Jacksonville Zoo. 

"We are very proud of our leopards and our animal care team who have successfully brought two more of these extremely rare cats into the world," said Dan Maloney, deputy director of conservation and education of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens.

Zoo caretakers watched the births using a video monitoring system. 

This is the third litter for the cubs' mother, Makarii, and father, Nicolai. 

The cubs were active immediately and have since been seen nursing frequently. Zoo staff will have their first interaction with the cubs Tues.

Amur leopards are managed under a Species Survival Plan (SSP) program through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

In other breeding news, Madini, the Zoo's first pregnant gorilla is doing well. The infant is due this spring. 

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