Rare Amur leopard cubs go on view at zoo; no names yet
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Visitors may now get a look at two rare leopard cubs at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. Onondaga (ah-nahn-DAH'-gah) County Executive Ryan McMahon announced that the little Amur (ah-MOOR') leopards made their public debut Wednesday.
The male and female cubs gradually ventured out from private quarters into their exhibit. It's a temporary one while the zoo works toward a new, more complex $400,000 outdoor space for the leopard family.
The cubs were born June 19 to parents Tria and Rafferty. The cubs don't yet have names. The zoo plans a vote soon. Amur leopards are considered critically endangered. They are found in far eastern Russia, where an estimated 84 remain in the wild, up from about 30 in 2012.