April 18, 2019

Pittsburgh Zoo Introduces New Clouded Leopard Cub


(Pittsburgh) (April 2019)—The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is thrilled to introduce our one-month-old clouded leopard cub.

Mom Saya gave birth to two cubs and unfortunately one passed away shortly after birth. Saya was very attentive to her remaining cub by nursing and grooming.

While staff monitored the mother and cub via cameras in the nest box, they noticed that the cub wasn’t nursing on her own. After more than 12 hours of not nursing, keepers and staff decided to step in.

The little cub was taken to the Animal Care Center, where she received a full exam by Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, Director of Animal Health, and her veterinary team.

The veterinary team conducted various tests including a glucose test, which concluded that the baby hadn’t been nursing. The team then made the difficult decision to hand-rear the baby moving forward.

The young cub is bottle-fed several times a day with a mammal milk supplement containing vitamins and minerals to spur growth and weight gain.

Keepers and staff will continue to care for her at the Animal Care Center.

Clouded leopards are listed as endangered, with fewer than 10,000 left in the wild.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is American Humane Conservation-certified, a member of American Humane, and the Zoological Association of America. For more information, visit zaa.org.