Ypres, Belgium: During a medical check-up at Bellewaerde, the names of the rare Amur leopard cubs have been announced by godfather Stef Wauters and godmother Mindy Vonck. The cubs are named Esra and Zyra and have been officially registered at the birth register during the baby shower. Recently, the visitors can see the adorable cubs play in their outside residence.
During a medical check-up at Bellewaerde, the names of the rare Amur leopard cubs have been announced by godfather Stef Wauters and godmother Mindy Vonck. Out of more than 2.500 name proposals, the animale carekeepers have chosen the names Esra, a proposal from Tracey Artois from Vlamertingen, and Zyra, a proposal from Mindy Vonck from Westerlo.
During the baby shower, the names have been officially registered in the birth register by major of Ypres Jan Durnez, godfather Stef Wauters and godmothers Iris Mittenaere* (Miss France 2016), Tracey Artois* and Mindy Vonck.
“I already have a godchild, who is like a real tiger, so a little leopard is a perfect match. To be serious, I accepted to be godfather because I support the project of Bellewaerde to conserve this animal species. That is why it is important that Esra and Zyra will be reintroduced in the wild within a couple of years”, according to Stef Wauters.
Mindy completes “I am very happy and honored to be godmother of this very special animal. I can’t wait to see it grow up.”
Recently, the visitors can see the adorable cubs play in their outside residence. Esra and Zyra are definitely not scared of heights since they are already climbing in the trees up to a height of 6 meters. On the website baby.bellewaerde.be there are already some cute pictures and films of their adventures.
The cubs were born at Bellewaerde on Saturday the 21st of May, after a pregnancy of about 95 days.
Amur leopards are a critically endangered species, of which there are only 70 animals left in the wild. Bellewaerde participates in the international breeding program with the aim to reintroduce descendants, born in zoos, back in the wild in a protected nature reserve in Russia. The cubs born in Bellewaerde will play an important role in this breeding program.
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