PHOTOS: Meet Denver Zoo’s newborn clouded leopard cubs

Pi and Rhu, Denver Zoo's clouded leopard cub can be viewed by public. (Photo: Denver Zoo)

Pi and Rhu, Denver Zoo’s clouded leopard cub can be viewed by the public. (Photo: Denver Zoo)

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DENVER — The Denver Zoo announced Wednesday that two newborn clouded leopard cubs can now be seen by the public at the zoo.

Pi and Rhu, the two newborn clouded leopard cubs, can be viewed by visitors between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. inside the El Pomar Foundation Village Hall within the Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit, the Denver Zoo said.

The male and female cubs were born on March 14, and are being raised by staff because the inexperienced mother was unable to care for them.

Despite the name, clouded leopards are not a species of leopards, according to the zoo. Because they are so unique, the animals actually fall into their own genus, Neofelis, which is a combination of Greek and Latin words meaning “new cat.” They are considered a bridge between typical big cats and smaller cats.

Denver Zoo said it has supported field conservation projects for the species in Malaysia to better understand them. Zoo staffers have also traveled to Thailand as part of a multi-zoo effort to breed clouded leopards.

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