Rare Lankan leopards born in French zoo

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Two female Sri Lankan leopard cubs, born on July 1, 2014, play in their cage in Maubeuge zoo, northern France, on July 29, 2014. The Sri Lankan leopard is a threatened species, with an estimated 700 living in the wild and 65 in captivity
 
Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility said Tuesday.

"There are only a few of them in captivity with about 60 spread across some 20 European zoos," said Jimmy Ebel, of Maubeuge Zoo. "These leopards are under great threat due to deforestation and poaching."

The cubs were born on July 1 at the zoo, close to the Belgian border, which houses about 300 animals including Asian elephants. (AFP)

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  • Hiran Chandrathilake Thursday, 31 July 2014 08:10 AM

    two little cuties. good news after a while

    concerned Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:53 PM

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    The Logic Tuesday, 29 July 2014 03:41 PM

    That is nice news after a long lapse. We are losing animals both in our zoo and in the wild. Soon we have to go to Europe to our wild animals. What a shame.

    ANTON Tuesday, 29 July 2014 04:16 PM

    IN OUR ZOO, RARE ANIMALS ARE DYING AND SOME ARE STOLEN.


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