Zoo's newborn cats an achievement for endangered species survival

June 26, 2013 

— A pair of baby snow leopards are the first of the species to be born at Zoo Boise.

The cubs, a male and a female, arrived May 23 to parents Kabita and Tashi. The zoo announced their births Wednesday.

Zoo officials said the birth was an important milestone in a national species survival plan.

Snow leopards, an endangered species, are often poached in the wild for their pelts.

Tashi and Kabita were paired up as part of a conservation program created by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, in the hopes that they would produce offspring.

The new cubs have been spending the first weeks of their life in a den with their mother. They will emerge to roam the exhibit as they grow, according to zoo officials.

The cubs join a line of baby animals born at Zoo Boise this year. A mangabey monkey was born in June, and a porcupine, a litter of skunks, and a serval kitten were born earlier this year.

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