Aw, cute! The first snow leopard cubs ever born in NYC's Central Park Zoo

Snow Leopard from Central Park Zoo photo
Promo image Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

Brother & sister

The Wildlife Conservation Society has some good news: The snow leopard cubs above are the first snow leopard cubs ever born in the NYC Central Park Zoo. The brother and sister, which were born earlier this summer but kept away from prying eyes, now weigh about 30 pounds, but are expected to reach between 65-120 pounds. Their parents are Zoe, the mother (7), and Askai (6), a male sent to the Central Park Zoo from the Bronx Zoo. Both adults are first-time parents.

Their birth is great news because: "Snow leopards are among the world’s most endangered big cats with an estimated 3,500-6,500 remaining in the wild. Their range is limited to remote mountains of Central Asia and parts of China, Mongolia, Russia, India and Bhutan. WCS has worked for decades on snow leopard conservation programs in the field with current projects in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and western China. Past projects have included work with snow leopards in Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia."

Here's an adult showing his nice teeth:

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And here are snow leopard cubs from the Brookfield Zoo (unfortunately, there's no footage of the Central Park cubs):

Here's the cutest thing ever:

Also from Brookfield:

Personally, I'm a big fan of the Clouded Leopard (many amazing photos here), but I love all big cats.

Here's a few photos of the Clouded Leopard for your enjoyment:

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Via Wildlife Conservation Society, Central Park Zoo

See also: Up Close: The Amazingly Beautiful Clouded Leopard!

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