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Tulsa Zoo Celebrates Birth of Endangered Snow Leopard Cub

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The Tulsa Zoo is celebrating the birth of an endangered snow leopard cub named Niko.

The seven-week-old cub was born May 10th to mother Sherab and father Rajan as part of the snow leopard Species Survival Plan. The SSP manages species in specific zoos across the nation.

Niko's two siblings did not survive their short lives -- one died during birth and the other, just nine days later due to bacterial sepsis in the blood.

The six-pound cub will be shown to the public soon.

According to zoo officials, there are only 4,000 to 6,000 snow leopards left in the wild due to poaching and habitat loss.

The Tulsa Zoo will break ground on a new snow leopard exhibit called Lost Kingdom, which is scheduled to open in 2015.

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