(GODDARD, Kan) — Tanganyika Wildlife Park's Amur leopard has given birth to a baby cub. The female cub was born June 29th, 2010. Park officials say the cub is doing well, but had to be moved to the baby animal nursery to protect her from the extremely hot conditions over the past few days. The baby will be on display in the nursery for the remainder of the summer.
The Amur leopard is critically endangered and is considered the most endangered of the big cats. Scientists estimate that only 30 to 35 individuals remain in the wild. Amur leopards are found mainly along the Russia-China border, and some individuals may be found in North Korea. Tanganyika is participating in an international effort to save this species.
"We are thrilled to add another endangered cat to our distinguished list of successful breeding programs that includes snow leopards, clouded leopards and tigers. We really hope to be able to add cheetahs to that list next year as well," stated Matt Fouts, Asst Director.