Hope, The Critically Endangered Amur Leopard Gives Birth To Two Cubs.
West Island News is happy to share that The Zoo de Granby's Amur leopard, Hope, gave birth to 2 cubs just last Friday! The Zoo has announced the babies were born a little over 2 hours apart at 2:40 and 4:54 am.
On their official website, the zoo states "The mother is kept in isolation with her two offspring but with a round-the-clock camera surveillance which allows us to make sure all is going well." According to Karl Fournier, director of animal care “These births are considered to be a great success for our Ex-Situ conservation efforts of the species and are perceived as being a true miracle!”
This is truly a miracle as the WWF currently lists the species as 'Critically Endagered' with about only 90 adults left in the wild. Needless to say, the births come as a huge breakthrough for the zoo as they now have 5 Amur leopards living on site.