Rare Sri Lankan leopards born in zoo

MAUBEUGE (FRANCE) - Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility said Tuesday.

"There are only a few of them in captivity with about 60 spread across some 20 European zoos," said Jimmy Ebel, of Maubeuge Zoo. "These leopards are under great threat due to deforestation and poaching."

The cubs were born on July 1 at the zoo, close to the Belgian border, which houses about 300 animals including Asian elephants.

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