Clouded Leopard Kittens at Naples Zoo
Now - May 31, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Two clouded leopard kittens born at Naples Zoo, named Jean and Janet, are now on exhibit daily from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Lagoon Loop. They are also featured in the seated Safari Show daily at 2:30 pm. To add to the excitement of Naples Zoo guests getting to meet the new kittens, the Zoo is offering free admission to anyone named Jean or Janet during the month of May.
Clouded leopards are listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the United States Endangered Species Act. The species is under significant pressure in the wild from human encroachment and destruction of its habitat, as well as poaching. The cats, which live in the forests and trees of Southeast Asia, are elusive, and it's difficult to know how many remain in the wild. The mother and father of the kittens were specifically matched by the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) based on their ancestry, to create the greatest genetic diversity in the population over the next century. The kittens' parents, clouded leopards Tika and Masala, arrived at Naples Zoo in September of 2016 from two different facilities to contribute to the future of their species. Naples Zoo is pleased to be a part of this critical program to sustain the clouded leopard population in Zoos.