The Nashville zoo announced the births of two litters of clouded leopard cubs.
On March 26, Jing Jai gave birth to one female cub and Baylie gave birth to one male and one male.
The zoo reports that all three cubs are doing well and being hand-raised by the animal care staff.
“Nashville Zoo is a leader in clouded leopard conservation, with 18 clouded leopards born at our off-exhibit breeding facility since 2009,” said Karen Rice, carnivore supervisor at Nashville Zoo.
Clouded leopards are considered an endangered species due to deforestation, poaching and the pet trade.
The Nashville Zoo is part of a network of organizations and zoos that are members of the Thailand Clouded Leopard Consortium. Their goal is to develop a multi-faceted clouded leopard conservation program that includes a self-sustaining captive population.
This is seven-year-old Jing Jai's sixth litter. She and her mate, Arun, came from a zoo in Thailand in 2008 in an effort to help save the species from extinction.
This is the second birth for four-year-old Baylie and her mate Chet. Baylie came to the Nashville Zoo from the National Zoo's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia. Chet was one of three cubs born to Jing Jai and Arun at the Nashville Zoo in 2009.
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