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National Zoo’s success at breeding clouded leopards

National Zoo Welcomes Rare Clouded Leopard Cubsby Guy RazAll Things Considered, July 5, 2009 - The Smithsonian's National Zoo is bursting with pride over its latest additions: two rare clouded leopards. The two yet-to-be-named baby leopards were born in late March at the zoo's research center in Front Royal, Va., a far cry from their native habitat in Southeast Asia. The species, hunted for skins and medicinal uses, is endangered. The zoo is trying to preserve the species, but has not been successful mating the animals.It's been nearly two decades Read More

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Legislation to protect big cats in the wild advances

The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act gets overwhelming approval in House of Representatives.Posted: April 24, 2009, 3 a.m. EDTWildlife advocates are praising the recent passage of an act that seeks greater protections for endangered and iconic cat and dog species, including leopards, cheetahs and African wild dogs.The Great Cats and Rare Canids Act, introduced by Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., garnered overwhelming approval by the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 21. Passage of the act supports conservation programs, educational resources and Read More

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National Zoo’s clouded leopard cubs both male

Clouded Leopard Cubs Both MaleWASHINGTON (AP)Posted: 1:00 PM Apr 11, 2009Last Updated: 5:45 PM Apr 10, 2009Both clouded leopard cubs born last month at a National Zoo facility in northern Virginia are male.Zoo officials said Thursday that the sex of the cubs born March 24 at the Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia could not be determined until their first veterinary examination.The cubs, who have not been named, have opened their eyes and both weigh about 19.5 ounces.The cubs' parents, Hannibal and Jao Chu, were imported from Read More

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Clouded leopards born at National Zoo faciility

Endangered and AdorableZoo Research Center Celebrates Leopard Cubs By Michael E. RuaneWashington Post Staff WriterWednesday, March 25, 2009; A01 In the end, Hannibal did not administer the fatal bite to his mate's neck. And Jao Chu did not immediately kill their offspring, as is often the case. And so, early yesterday, despite murderous tendencies in the captive species, two newborn clouded leopard cubs were found alive, well and squealing at the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Va. They were taken immediately Read More