A litter of three black Amur leopard cubs were born on April 13, 2021 at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. The mother, Mystique, is a seven year-old black Amur Leopard that was born and raised at Tanganyika.
“In addition to the importance of breeding programs, conservation organizations work with local governments to set up protected areas like the one called the Land of the Leopards National Park.” Tullis said.
Mystique recently returned to Tanganyika after being on a breeding loan to San Diego Zoo in California where she made a big impression and gained a large fan base. Many of her fans continue to write letters to us to check on her wellbeing. Now, guests to Tanganyika WIldlife Park will get the rare opportunity to meet her up close and to feed her on the all new Origins Behind-the-Scenes Tour.
Black Amur leopards are also known as melanistic Amur leopards. Melanism is an overdevelopment of dark pigment and is a recessive genetic trait just like red hair or blue eyes in humans.