The Rosamond Gifford Zoo introduces twin snow leopard cubs
The Rosamond Gifford Zoo introduced twin snow leopard cubs Thursday morning.
Ozzy and Strut, who were born May 30, are the fourth and fifth snow leopard cubs born at the zoo since 2012 as a part of the Species Survival Plan for snow leopards overseen by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
The last cub born at the zoo, Asa, is now at the Milwaukee Zoo, where he is being paired with a female from Zoo Zurich in Switzerland.
The Species Survival Plan works to pair unrelated animals from a diverse gene pool to produce healthy offspring and increase the population. There are about 250 accredited zoos in North America.
Ozzy and Strut are named for characters in the movie "The Land Before Time," which keepers chose as a theme for naming zoo babies born during the zoo's summer-long Dinosaur Invasion exhibit.