Endangered Clouded Leopard kittens have been given names

The two-week-old endangered clouded leopard kittens have opened their eyes and they now have names.

The adorable kittens are curious about the world around them and they have beautiful blue eyes. The kittens have been named Jean and Janet, according to the Naples Zoo press release. The names were selected for an anonymous donor that supported the clouded leopard exhibit and the Glass Animal Hospital.

Jean and Janet clouded leopard kittens snuggle together. (Credit: Naples Zoo)
Jean and Janet clouded leopard kittens snuggle together. (Credit: Naples Zoo)

Clouded leopards are listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the United States Endangered Species Act. The species is under significant pressure in the wild from human encroachment and destruction of its habitat, as well as poaching, per the press release. The cats, which live in the forests and trees of Southeast Asia, are elusive, and it’s difficult to know how many remain in the wild.

The mother and father of the kittens were specifically matched by the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) based on their ancestry, to create the greatest genetic diversity in the population over the next century, the press release states. Naples Zoo said it is pleased to be a part of this critical program to sustain the clouded leopard population in Zoos.

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