Birth of a Sri Lanka leopard
The cub (a female) is one-month and a half old and is doing well. She has been named "Piumi" by her keeper. Piumi spent the first weeks behind-the-scenes, bonding with her mother. The door giving access to the inside exhibit is now opened so that Piumi can start to explore her environment. This is the fifth Sri Lanka leopard birth at the zoo which houses the species since 2005. Sri Lanka leopards are part of a European breeding program: 70 individuals are currently kept in Europe, to which must be added about twenty specimens housed in Sri Lanka and Jakarta institutions.
8 subspecies of leopards are currently recognized by the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, 6 of which living on the Eurasian continent. Unfortunately, the Sri Lankan leopard is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as a result of habitat destruction, conflict with farmers and poaching.