Hogle Zoo seeks mate for new leopard

Aug 21 2013 - 7:55am

SALT LAKE CITY -- Zoo officials are hoping to find a mate for a new Amur leopard at Utah's Hogle Zoo.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Dimitri the leopard was released from quarantine Monday.

The 14-month old animal was quarantined for a month following his July arrival from a zoo in Minnesota.

There are only about 200 Amur leopards in zoos worldwide and about 40 in the wild, and Dimitri was brought to the zoo's Asian Highlands exhibit to breed.

Zoo spokeswoman Erica Hansen says officials are seeking a female mate that's a genetic match for Dimitri which they hope will result in leopard cubs.

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