September 20, 2019

Leopards on the move!


The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s five-month-old clouded leopard, Kansas, has moved back to her original home at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Kansas.

Kansas came to the Pittsburgh Zoo back in May 2019 as a companion to Rukai, a clouded leopard cub born at the Pittsburgh Zoo earlier that summer.

Rukai and Kansas were paired together after Zoo staff determined that Rukai would need to be hand raised due to her mother not being able to nurse.

With both cubs growing quickly, it was determined that Kansas could move back to her original home and a new companion, JD, could be introduced to Rukai.

JD moved to Pittsburgh from the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, and keepers are hopeful that he and Rukai will respond well to each other for future breeding.

Welcome, JD! And farewell, Kansas!

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

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