Five clouded leopard clubs are currently on exhibit at Nashville Zoo until the end of summer.
Three female cubs Indira, Tarak and Nuri along with the two males Drupada and Tula can be seen daily at the zoo’s Bamboo Trail.
“Five clouded leopards together is very unusual, so this is really a unique opportunity for our guests,” said Karen Rice, Carnivore Supervisor at Nashville Zoo. “At this stage in development, the cubs are very rambunctious, with lots of playing, climbing and pouncing. They really are a lot of fun to watch.”
At summer’s end the five cubs will be moved off exhibit and paired with potential breeding mates, which according to a zoo spokesman is difficult due to the animals’ reclusive nature.
Clouded leopards are considered endangered because of deforestation, poaching and the pet trade. Since 1999, Nashville Zoo has been a member of the Thailand Clouded Leopard Consortium, a collaboration with other zoos to develop a clouded leopard conservation program that includes a viable captive population.
Since 2009, 12 cubs have been born at Nashville Zoo’s off-exhibit facility.