Endangered Clouded Leopard Kittens Make Their Debut


Endangered Clouded Leopard Kittens Make Their Debut

Naples Zoo is excited to announce that guests can now meet Jean and Janet, the endangered clouded leopard kittens. The ten-week-old kittens will make their grand debut to the public on Tuesday, May 7th.

The exhibit will open to the public at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 7th.

Jean and Janet will be on exhibit daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Lagoon Loop starting Tuesday, May 7th. Starting Wednesday, May 8th, they will be featured in the Seated Safari Show daily at 2:30 pm. To add to the excitement of Naples Zoo guests getting to meet the new kittens, the Zoo is offering free admission to anyone named Jean or Janet during the month of May.

Clouded leopards are listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the United States Endangered Species Act. The species is under significant pressure in the wild from human encroachment and destruction of its habitat, as well as poaching. The cats, which live in the forests and trees of Southeast Asia, are elusive, and it’s difficult to know how many remain in the wild.

The mother and father of the kittens were specifically matched by the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) based on their ancestry, to create the greatest genetic diversity in the population over the next century. The clouded leopards, Tika and Masala, arrived in September of 2016 from two different facilities to contribute to the future of their species. Naples Zoo is pleased to be a part of this critical program to sustain the clouded leopard population in Zoos.

This is a great time to become a Zoo Member! You'll get to visit all year long for free, and watch as the kittens grow! Learn more about membership here!

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