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Oklahoma City Zoo welcomes two clouded leopard cubs

Posted at 10:50 AM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 11:50:19-05

OKLAHOMA CITY — Meet J.D., and Rukai, the two new clouded leopard cubs that have arrived at The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden!

Officials say seven-month-old male, J.D., and eight-month-old female, Rukai are now on public view.

“The Zoo is so excited to welcome these beautiful, gregarious clouded leopard cubs,” said Tyler Boyd, curator of carnivores. “In addition to serving as ambassadors for their species – educating Zoo guests about their plight in the wild and the need for wildlife conservation – J.D. and Rukai’s potential offspring will help ensure the species continues to thrive for generations.”

The two were paired together at the Pittsburgh Zoo in October and have spect the past two months bonding.

Officials say the hope is that J.D. and Rukai will one day grow to have their own cubs together as in clouded leopards breeding is more successful when the future mates grow up together.

The Cat Forest habitat, between the Tiger and Small Cat Interpretive Centers, is where guests can find the cubs.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is also home to Luke, a 15-year-old male clouded leopard, who will not share the same habitat as the cub duo.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, Oklahoma City's Adventure District and an Adventure Road partner, is located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35.

The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and the regular admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children ages 3-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free.

For more information about The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, click here.

(Photos courtesy of Jennifer D'Agostino)

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