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Say Hello to The Living Desert's Beautiful New Leopard

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert welcomes a new leopard to their 400+ wildlife population.

Palm Desert, CA, December 07, 2013 --( The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in Palm Desert, California, is pleased to announce the arrival of Zoya, a 10-year old female Amur leopard to the zoo’s 400+ wildlife population. The leopard was transferred from the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in Indiana to The Living Desert on Tuesday, November 19th.

“We’re thrilled to have a magnificent new leopard here at the park, and look forward to our guests getting to know Zoya,” says Stacey Johnson, President & CEO of The Living Desert. “Amur leopards are the most endangered leopards, and we’re proud to support the Species Survival Plan.”

Zoya weighed approximately 42 kilograms (92 pounds) upon arrival at The Living Desert and is currently in special care and quarantine to monitor her health, well-being and behavior in the new surroundings. Once she is acclimated to her new home and passes all her health exams, she will reside in the area outside the District Commissioner’s House.

Amur leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. They differ from other leopard subspecies by a thick coat of spot-covered fur. Most are light colored with distinctive dark spots that are called rosettes, because they resemble the shape of a rose. There are only about 40 Amur leopards left in the wild, and about 300 in managed zoo breeding programs. Zoya was born at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans in 2003.

About The Living Desert:
The Living Desert is an AZA-accredited zoo and gardens that is dedicated to conservation and education. It is a family-friendly place to explore nature and create meaningful experiences for guests that are remembered for a lifetime. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit The Living Desert is located at: 47900 Portola Avenue, Palm Desert, CA 92260.
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