rare leopard new must see exibit at the KC zoo

April 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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Rare Amur leopard goes on display at Kansas City Zoo

From an article in the Kansas City start by star reporter Matt Campbell:      The zoo has acquired a critically endangered Amur leopard, of which there may be 40 or fewer left in their natural habitat of the Russian Far East.  The Kansas City Zoo’s leopard, Natalia, comes here by way of the Roosevelt Park Zoo in Minot, N.D., which flooded in the summer of 2011. She spent the intervening period at the Tanganyika Wildlife Park near Wichita.  Natalia is 10 years old.  Although Natalia is an Asian leopard, she is loated in the African portion of the zoo near the gorillas.  This leopard is extremely rare.  According to the KC Star articles,   The primary threats to the Amur leopard are habitat depletion, prey and demand for the leopard’s coat and its bones, an ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.  Amur leopards in captivity can live to be about 20.  There is not currently a compatible male available to mate with Natalia, but zoo officials will be on the look out for an appropriate male.   

A few general facts about Amur leopards:

 


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