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    Rare Persian Leopard Cubs Born in Plock Zoo

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    In the Plock Zoo located in Mazovia, Poland, a 9-year-old female Persian leopard named Sulakhat has given birth to twin cubs, both of which are males. The Persian leopard, one of the rarest subspecies, is nurtured across 38 zoos in Europe. In the past year, these elusive creatures were born in only three of these facilities, including Plock.

    Sulakhat, despite her reserved and cautious nature, has proven to be an excellent mother, attentively caring for and protecting her offspring. Born in July, the cubs remained sheltered until recently when their gender was confirmed during a veterinary check-up—two adorable males with fluffy coats and blue eyes. Plock Zoo plans to hold a contest to name the cubs.

    Endangered Species and Global Initiative

    Persian leopards (Panthera pardus saxicolor) face extinction and are included in the European Endangered Species Programme. With a lifespan of around 20 years, these leopards inhabit Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, and other mountainous regions. Plock Zoo invites visitors to observe the cubs, reinforcing its commitment to conservation.

    Plock Zoo, perched on a picturesque slope overlooking the Vistula River, was established in 1951. It joined the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2002, occupying 15 hectares and housing over 7,500 animals of 580 species, many of which are endangered. The facility boasts an expansive educational pavilion showcasing reptiles, tropical forests, and diverse marine life.

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