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Published June 01, 2012, 04:52 PM

2 Endangered Amur Leopards Born at Minnesota Zoo

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo has two new Amur leopard cubs, one of the most endangered cats in the world.

By: Associated Press,

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Zoo has two new Amur leopard cubs, one of the most endangered cats in the world.

The cubs were born at the zoo in Apple Valley Tuesday. They join an estimated 90 Amur leopards living in captivity in the U.S.

Fewer than 40 Amur leopards are left in the wild. There have been no successful efforts to release captive-bred Amur leopards into their natural habitat in eastern Asia.

But animal collection manager Tony Fischer tells Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/LlSl5S) that the successful breeding at the Minnesota Zoo is significant.

Fisher says the zoo may be called upon at some point to help reintroduce Amur leopards back into the wild.

The two cubs are the first Amur leopards born at the Minnesota Zoo since 1995.

The cubs will not be on public display for several months, but they can be viewed on the zoo's live webcam.


Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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