At least two endangered clouded leopard cubs and up to five Magellanic penguins could be born at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium next month.
An ultrasound recently confirmed Chai Li, a 6-year-old leopard who has given birth to five cubs spread across three litters, is pregnant again. The father is 6-year-old Nah Fun.
The cubs are due May 12 in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.
Near the North Pacific Aquarium, four sets of penguins are taking turns nesting on eggs laid between March 30 and April 13. If the eggs are fertile, they’ll hatch by late May. All four lady penguins would be first-time moms.
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Three of the penguins came to Tacoma in 2011 from a rehabilitation facility in Brazil because they could not be released back into the wild. The fourth was hatched at Blank Park Zoo in Iowa and arrived at Point Defiance in 2010.
As for the gentlemen penguins, three are Point Defiance natives and range in age from 8 to 10 years. The fourth, who is 5, also came from Brazil.
“We are delighted at the prospect of adding to the populations and genetic diversity of these two animal species,” said Karen Goodrowe Beck, the zoo’s general curator.