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Leap Year Leopards Now "Ambassadors-in-Training"

Jul 07, 2016


The 3-month-old clouded leopard cubs are taking on a new role: animal ambassadors-in-training. The Zoo's pathways and gardens are serving as a "classroom" for the cubs to practice harness training -- walking on a lead with a trainer. Learning to be a cat ambassador will take some time as the frisky felines learn to master a number of critical behaviors. The #TwoCute duo has been eager to participate in training sessions so far and will be allowed to advance at their own rate. With this new role, "Aiya" and "Shigu" -- and their human handlers -- will help to teach guests about the needs and perils of this rare and vulnerable species.

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  • ambassador
  • Training
  • Babies
  • Clouded Leopard
  • Tampa Bay City Pass
  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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