Point Defiance Zoo is one of only three zoos in the country breeding endangered clouded leopards, along with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoo & the Nashville Zoo. The birth of the cubs at Point Defiance Zoo brings the total number of cubs born this year in the United States to eight. The boy and girl twin cubs were born on June 14. Their names are Sumalee and Taji. Sumalee means “beautiful flower” in Thai, and Taji means “little brother” in Burmese.
The cubs are on display at the Zoo’s new cub den in the $1 million Cats of the Canopy exhibit, where visitors can see them up close and watch staff feed and care for them. The exhibit opened on August 27. The clouded leopard cubs are out for observation between 8:30am and 6:00pm. They are fed at 11:00am and again at 5:00pm.
For more information about Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, check out their website at http://www.pdza.org.