Cute! World's rarest big cats born at Twycross Zoo

Staff at Twycross Zoo are celebrating the pitter-patter of little paws after the birth of two of the world's most endangered big cats, the Amur leopard.

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Cute! World's rarest big cats born at Twycross Zoo

Staff at Twycross Zoo are celebrating the pitter-patter of little paws after the birth of two of the world's most endangered big cats, the Amur leopard.

Amur leopards are the most endangered big cats in the world, with fewer than 50 left in the wild Credit: Twycross Zoo

With fewer than 50 of the cats left in the wild, the new arrivals form part of a conservation effort to save the species from extinction.

The two new arrivals form part of a conservation effort Credit: Twycross Zoo

Amur leopards live in China and south-eastern Russia, where they face the threat of poaching, illegal logging, forest clearance and land development - on top of the risks posed by disease and in-breeding in such a small population.

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