April 13, 2012
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11-month-old Amur leopards at the San Diego Zoo. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Zoo.
The San Diego Zoo today released footage of three 11-month-old Amur leopards that debuted last weekend.
The leopards, including two males — named Kushka and Primorye — and their sister Zeya, arrived under an international conservation program aimed at saving the critically endangered species from extinction. Less than 40 Amur leopards have been recorded in the wild in recent years.
The Amur leopard is today limited to the Primorye region of the Russian Far East. The species was once found in northeastern China, Russia and Korean but has suffered from poaching and habitat destruction.