Amur Leopard Cub Makes Public Debut at Santa Barbara Zoo

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Amur Leopard Cub Makes Public Debut at Santa Barbara Zoo
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Source: Santa Barbara Zoo

Marta, the almost three-month-old Amur leopard cub made her public debut [Thursday] morning for just about an hour, to begin getting used to her outdoor habitat. Marta will spend the next 7–10 days getting comfortable, slowly increasing time in front of the public, with mom Ajax nearby. Please enjoy what is paw-sibly the cutest video ever, along with photos of Marta with mother Ajax in her new habitat here: https://sbzoo.canto.com/b/O79KC

Zookeepers expect Marta and Ajax to be more consistently visible by the second weekend in November, most likely in the mornings until around 1pm. Kasha, Marta’s dad, will then move into the space in the afternoons. As the needs of the leopard family change, so does the management of their care. The family may take turns being out or behind the scenes, and while Marta gets comfortable in the habitat, you might see her, but she may be taking a break in her den or hiding.

Marta is the first Amur leopard to be born at the Santa Barbara Zoo in more than 20 years. Her mother, Ajax, is the most genetically valuable female Amur leopard in North America currently, so this first cub from her will contribute valuable genetics to the population in human care. Amur leopards are the most endangered of all the big cats, with less than 100 remaining in the wild.

 
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Byzantium Nov 06, 2021 03:28 PM
Amur Leopard Cub Makes Public Debut at Santa Barbara Zoo

Minibeast, read the article because your response if unfounded. Thank SB Zoo for their successful species preservation efforts. These animals are not doing very well out in the wild, so until you fix those problems pleases stop trashing the good work consistently being done by the SB Zoo. The goal is to provide enough successful breeding pairs, so they can be re-introduce into their native habitats after near decimation. This article deserves cheers, not the predictable jeers. I hope you reconsider your initial reaction.

PitMix Nov 08, 2021 02:03 PM
Amur Leopard Cub Makes Public Debut at Santa Barbara Zoo

Are you saying there is plenty of habitat for these animals so that they can be reintroduced into the wild? And that the human population there is not growing to require more development in their habitat?

Personally I don't know of any successful reintroduction efforts of predators into a wild area without a lot of human intervention. And wild areas are disappearing faster than you can say "Born Free". But people really like to see captive animals, so I guess there is a market for zoos?

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