FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Sanji, a 10-month-old male Clouded Leopard is making Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo home.
“We are excited to welcome Sanji to his new home here at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo,”
said Executive Director, Rick Schuiteman. “It’s fun to be able to say I am not the newest addition to the Zoo.”
Sanji was born at the Pittsburgh Zoo on Nov. 27, 2019.
Keepers say he is inquisitive, very social and likes playing in the water.
Male Clouded leopards can grow to be twice as big as the females and Sanji has some growing yet to do.
He will nearly double his current size within the next year.
“Raury, our female Clouded leopard and Sanji, have not officially been introduced. This will happen behind scenes over the coming months,” said Curator African Journey and Indonesian Rain Forest Amber Eagleson. “Until their introductions are complete, guests will be able to see and enjoy one of them on exhibit.”
Clouded leopards are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List, as their wild populations are declining mainly due to human threats from rapidly disappearing tropical forest and illegal wildlife trade.