CLOUDED LEOPARD KITTENS MAKE PUBLIC DEBUT!
Zoo Miami’s 6 month old clouded leopard kittens made their official public debut on Wednesday, September 9 as they were introduced on exhibit with their mother. “Serai,” the 4 year old mother cautiously led the two female kittens, “Malee” and “Suree” onto the open-air exhibit where at first, they hesitated to enter. After several minutes, the kittens ventured out and began to climb up the sides of the enclosure exploring the new areas. It will probably take several days before the kittens are comfortable with their new surroundings but all indications are that they are adapting well. At this time, they are scheduled to be on exhibit daily from 10AM – 3PM.
Clouded leopards are very secretive cats found in forests within Southern China, Taiwan, and Malaysia. Adults usually weigh between 30 and 50 pounds and they have a very long tail with relatively short legs and large paws to facilitate their frequent arboreal lifestyle. Their diet includes a variety of birds and mammals including monkeys, deer, and porcupines. Clouded leopards have the longest canine teeth relative to their size of any wild cat. They are highly endangered over most of their range due to hunting for their attractive pelts which have ceremonial value in a variety of cultures.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
RON MAGILL, Zoo Communications Director
305-251-0400, ext. 84916 – Zoo Miami