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July 18, 2024

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Zoo Welcomes Baby Leopard, Banded Palm Civet

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Hereโ€™s some paw-sitively adorable news! The Nashville Zooโ€™s nursery at the HCA Veterinary Center is now home to a clouded leopard cub and a banded palm civet kit!

The male cub, born on July 18 at the Oklahoma City Zoo, was brought to be hand-raised and eventually paired with a mate. As a national leader in clouded leopard breeding and care, the Nashville Zoo was chosen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariumsโ€™ (AZA) Clouded Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSPยฎ) to oversee the cubโ€™s upbringing.

This program helps to ensure genetically diverse populations of this species in human care.


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The baby (kit) banded palm civet was born on August 12. The male kit is being hand-raised by the Zooโ€™s veterinary team due to inadequate milk production by the mother.

In the future, this kit will become an ambassador animal and educate the public about his species and habitat.โ 

For more information, visit nashvillezoo.org.

 

 

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.