OKC Zoo Announces Birth of Adorable, Rare Clouded Leopard Kitten

KOKH - August 23, 2023 6:54 am

A Clouded Leopard kitten was born at the OKC Zoo July 18, 2023. Zoo keepers say the kitten is healthy and eating, sleeping and growing.(OKC Zoo)

OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) – The Oklahoma City Zoo has announced the birth of a rare, clouded leopard kitten.

Following a 90-day gestation period, the OKC Zoo’s female clouded leopard, Rukai, gave birth to a male kitten on July 18, at the Zoo’s Cat Forest habitat.

The OKC Zoo is a participant in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA’s) Species Survival Plan for clouded leopards.

Because this is such a significant birth and the first birth of 2023 for this vulnerable species, the SSP recommended the Zoo’s animal care experts hand-rear the kitten to ensure he thrives.

Immediately following the kitten’s birth, the Zoo’s carnivore caretakers stepped in and began providing care. Zookeepers report the kitten is healthy and eating, sleeping and growing!

As the kitten continues to grow strong, he will make his way to another AZA-accredited facility to be an ambassador for his species.

 

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