VIDEO: Snow leopard cubs make debut at Central Park Zoo

Two adorable snow leopard cubs made their debut at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Central Park Zoo on Monday.

The male and female cubs were born this summer — the first of their kind born at the zoo. They both weigh about 30 pounds but will reach between 65 and 120 pounds.

The cub’s mother Zoe, 7, and father, Askai, 6, are first-time parents.

Snow leopards came to Central Park in 2009 with the opening of the Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit. The cubs’ public exhibition times will vary until they fully acclimate to their surroundings.

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Snow leopard cubs! Credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

Last month, the Bronx Zoo also welcomed a snow leopard cub. That cub’s father father, Leo, was rescued as a young orphaned cub in the mountains of northern Pakistan.

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Credit: Julie Larsen Maher/WCS

An estimated 3,500 to 6,500 snow leopards remain in the wild. They are among the world’s most endangered big cats, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

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