Amur leopard cubs on display at Jacksonville zoo

Published On: Feb 13 2014 12:22:56 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is introducing two endangered Amur leopard cubs to the public.

The infant females were born Nov. 16 and went on display this week. Zoo officials say visitors can see the cubs starting at 10 a.m. daily for as long as the cubs appear comfortable on exhibit for up to half a day.

Officials say this is the third litter for the parents, Makarii and Nicolai, since they arrived at the zoo in 2006. Makarii gave birth to one cub in 2011 and two in 2012.

The Florida Times-Union reports that Amur leopards are native to southeast Russia and northeast China. Experts believe fewer than 50 remain in the wild, and about 95 live in captivity in the United States.