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A New Clouded Leopard Moves in at Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: September 29, 2020 11:20 pm

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Sanji the clouded leopard explores his new exhibit

Photo Credit: Keeper Taylor. Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has welcomed a new arrival to their family with a clouded leopard going on exhibit. Sanji has moved to Fort Wayne from Pittsburgh Zoo where he was born on November 27th 2019.

“We are excited to welcome Sanji to his new home here at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo,” said Executive Director, Rick Schuiteman. “It’s fun to be able to say I am not the newest addition to the Zoo”

Keepers say that Sanji is a very inquisitive clouded leopard who likes to play and is very social. At Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo he will join a female clouded leopard known as Raury.

At present Sanji is half of his adult size and he will double in size during the next year. Male clouded leopards can be as much as twice the size of females.

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clouded leopard cub Fort Wayne

Sanji the clouded leopard explores his new exhibit

Photo Credit: Keeper Taylor. Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

“Raury, our female Clouded leopard and Sanji, have not officially been introduced. This will happen behind scenes over the coming months,” said Amber Eagleson, Curator African Journey and Indonesian Rain Forest. “Until their introductions are complete, guests will be able to see and enjoy one of them on exhibit.”

The clouded leopard is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list. They face threats such as habitat destruction and hunting for the illegal wildlife trade.

Learn more about the clouded leopard – Clouded Leopard Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo on their website – Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

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