ST. LOUIS – Anya and Irina, two young Amur leopards at the St. Louis Zoo, are adjusting well to their new surroundings.
Earlier this week, the St. Louis Zoo introduced Anya, Irina and their mother Dot to their new outdoor habitat in Big Cat County. Zookeepers say the cubs are very energetic and eager to explore, although they have also followed their mother’s lead.
“Dot is an excellent mother. It’s exciting to see this mother taking care of her young for the first time,” said Steve Bircher, Kevin Beckmann, Curator of Carnivores, Saint Louis Zoo. “Everything is new for Anya and Irina as they explore their outdoor living space. They are curious but wary of the grass and trees, sunshine, wind and all the sights and sounds of the zoo. It might take time for the cubs to gain confidence and for Dot to feel comfortable letting her cubs explore.”
Leopard cubs are an endangered species. Anya and Irina, born April 21 at the St. Louis Zoo, make significant contributions to the population of Amur leopards in North American zoos. The two females are the first leopard cubs born at the zoo since 2010. Their names mean “mercy” and “peace” in foreign languages.
Anya and Irina now weigh about 15 pounds each. They eat more meat and breastfeed a little less, while also having their baby vaccinations.
The St. Louis Zoo shared several photos of Anya and Irina with FOX 2. The zoo team too created a video document their first days outdoors.
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