Zoo Miami Welcomes New Clouded Leopard Cubs

The cubs are on display for zoo visitors beginning this week.

By Karen Franklin
|  Thursday, Dec 22, 2011  |  Updated 6:18 PM EDT
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    Zoo Miami is welcoming two clouded leopard cubs to their new home in the Asian River Life exhibit.
     
    The cubs, one male and one female, have completed their required on-arrival quarantine and will be on display for zoo visitors starting this week. They have been spending most of their time in the high trees and ledges of their enclosure.

    Clouded leopards are secretive animals and live most of their lives in trees. They can weigh between 30 and 60 pounds and have long tails, short legs and large paws.
       
    Their diet includes birds, monkeys, deer and porcupine. They have the longest canine teeth relative to their size of any wildcat.
     
    Clouded leopards live in the forests of Southern China, Taiwan and Malaysia but are endangered in most of their habitat because they are hunted for their fur, which also has a ceremonial value in some cultures.
       
    Zoo Miami will have a naming contest on its website for the two cubs in the near future.

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