Smithsonian Hails Baby Boom of Endangered Species

By: Virginia AP Email
By: Virginia AP Email

FRONT ROYAL, Va. (AP) -- Officials at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia say they've had a baby boom of endangered species in recent months and are sending some animals to other facilities.

Two clouded leopard cubs that were born in February were transferred on Thursday to their new home at the Nashville Zoo. They will be paired with future mates at a young age to reduce the risk of aggression as they reach maturity. Clouded leopards are listed as vulnerable to extinction in the wild.

Two male maned wolf pups born in April at the Front Royal campus also have been given a clean bill of health. There are only 85 maned wolves in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan.

The Smithsonian also is celebrating several hatchings of endangered birds. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

WSVF Public Inspection File

Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 212706641 -