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Persian leopards born in Russia in hopes to rebuild population


Monday, July 22, 2013, 3:24 PM -

In southwest Russia, Sochi National Park welcomed the birth of two Persian leopards. These two cubs are the first of their kind to be born at the park in 50 years. The Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre took in the cubs’ parents, Zadig and Andrea from Portugal’s zoo back in 2012 in a major attempt to rebuild the population.

On average leopard newborns are cm long and weigh between 500-700 grams. The Persian leopard is one of the largest leopard sub-species and before heavy poaching and habitat loss, heavily populated Russia’s Caucasus Mountains. With fewer than 1,290 adult cats left in the wild, the species has been listed as endangered.

Once the cubs mature and develop survival skills, they will be released into the wild in order to start a new population in the Caucasus Mountains.

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