It was love at first sight for me when I saw these photos from Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Meet their two new, clouded leopard cubs – both born in March in separate litters (one at Nashville Zoo and the other from Smithsonian’s National Zoo). They are now six months old!
Hopefully, in time, it will be love for them as well, as they’ve been paired as potential mates by the Clouded Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP). The male is named “Yim,” meaning smile in Thai, and the female is named “Malee” (pronounced Mah-lee), meaning flower.
Here are a few facts about the endangered clouded leopard:
- The smallest of the “big cats”
- Weigh only 30-50 pounds in adulthood
- Found in forests and rainforests of their native Southeast Asia
- Known for being skilled climbers
- Not really a “type” of leopard, but a separate species of wild cat
You can get your own adorable photos of these curious cubs when you visit the Lowry Park Zoo – they're now on display in the Asian Gardens’ exhibit area. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, visit them online.