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Snow leopard cubs on display at Bronx Zoo

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Two snow leopard cubs born at the Bronx Zoo in the spring are now on display in the Himalayan Highlands exhibit with their mother, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced.

The male cubs were born May 6 to first-time parents, the WCS said. The Bronx Zoo participates in a cooperative breeding program with other zoos around the country to prevent inbreeding and make sure zoo animals are genetically viable.

"The Bronx Zoo has had more snow leopard births – over 70 – than any other zoo in North America and was the first zoo in the United States to exhibit the big cats in 1903," the WCS said in a news release.

The IUCN classifies snow leopards as "endangered." The WCS said snow leopards are among the world's most endangered big cats, with about 3,500 to 7,500 animals in the wild. WCS said it has worked to protect snow leopards in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and western China.

The Wildlife Conservation Society's mission is to protect wildlife and wild places around the world through science, conservation, and education programs and its network of zoos and aquarium in New York City.

The zoos have welcomed several new animals this year.

The Bronx Zoo got giant tortoises, Komodo dragons, a baby Colobus monkey, baby western lowland gorillas, and Turkmenian flare-horned markhor.

The Queens Zoo added American bison, a Roosevelt elk calf, and a southern pudu.

The Prospect Park Zoo put North American river otter pups and Geoffroy's marmoset twins on display.

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