Remember the two baby clouded leopard cubs born at the Denver Zoo? Well, they are ready for zoo visitors to see them!
Denver Zoo’s two newborn clouded leopard cubs can now be seen by visitors inside the El Pomar Foundation Village Hall within the Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit. The male and female cubs, Pi and Rhu, were born on March 14. Unfortunately their inexperienced mother was not able to care for them so they are being raised by staff around the clock. They began their lives in an incubator, but have graduated to a “whelping box” inside the Marynelle Philpott Fishing Cat Lagoon. The box provides the cubs with a safe place to learn to walk, crawl, wrestle, and play until they have grown enough to have full access to the exhibit. Visitors can see them now daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., except when they are taken by zookeepers for regularly scheduled feedings behind the scenes.
As they were born on March 14, Pi was named after Pi Day, the date observed to celebrate the mathematical constant, Pi. The date is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. Rhu was named after his favorite dessert, rhubarb pie.
[ Denver Zoo ]
The cubs are the first births for their mother, Lisu (LEE-soo), and father, Taji (TAH-jee). Lisu was born at Nashville Zoo in March 2011 and came to Denver Zoo that following November. Taji was born at Tacoma, Washington’s Point Defiance Zoo in June 2011 and also arrived that November. The two were paired under recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) which ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals. Fortunately, the couple has proved to be an excellent match.
The cubs' play area...