Stunning snow leopard cubs come out to play at Hampshire zoo

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Stunning snow leopard cubs come out to play at Hampshire zooRex


Three gorgeous snow leopard cubs have been unveiled at Marwell Wildlife, near Winchester, Hampshire.

The cubs have been kept inside their den with mum Irina since birth and today was the first time they ventured outside to explore their environment.

Now they're 12 weeks old and fully vaccinated, it's safe for them to take their first steps outside.

And they loved every minute of it 'climbing rocks, play fighting and chasing mum', according the zoo.

Stunning snow leopard cubs come out to play at Hampshire zooRex


Snow leopards, like all big cat species, are threatened in the wild. This means that maintaining a healthy captive population of snow leopards is of vital importance to the global conservation strategy for the species.

For a number of years, Marwell Wildlife has been part of the European endangered species breeding programme for snow leopards.

Two of the cubs have been called Kamala and Kitana, but as of 25 August, the public are now invited to help the animal keepers name the last male cub.

Visit marwell.org.uk to add your suggestion, and to book tickets for a visit to see them.

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