Rare Leopard to Debut at Maryland Zoo

CBS DC

BALTIMORE — A rare leopard is set to make her debut at The Maryland Zoo Monday.

The zoo says 6-year-old Sofiya has been in a standard, 30-day quarantine after arriving to Maryland last month.

During this time, she underwent a variety of medical evaluations and staff members were able to observe the animal and help make the transition between zoos run smoothly.

Sofiya was born at St. Louis Zoological Park in Missouri.

Over the course of her life she has lived at The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo and Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, before being moved to The Maryland Zoo.

The Maryland Zoo has never housed an Amur leopard, considered the most critically endangered leopard subspecies.

The zoo says it’s estimated that there are less than 40 living in the wild.

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