The Greenville Zoo has confirmed that Jade, the zoo’s 9-year-old Amur leopard is pregnant. The public will have the opportunity to observe an ultrasound at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16.
Weather permitting, the staff conducts an ultrasound each Monday and Thursday from the public side of the Amur leopard enclosure, allowing zoo visitors an opportunity to view the process and learn about the animals.
A zookeeper is usually on hand to share information during the procedure. Jade is expected to give birth within the next four weeks.
Jade was transferred to the Greenville Zoo in 2011 from the Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend, Indiana. In November 2016, the zoo imported Nelkan, its 13-year-old male Amur leopard, from Zoo Hoyerswerda in Berlin, Germany, as part of the Amur Leopard Species Survival Program.
Jade will have ultrasound sessions every Monday & Thursday, weather permitting, from the public side of the enclosure allowing guests to view the process & learn about the leopards. Ultrasounds will begin at approximately 11am. Here’s a look at our session from this morning! pic.twitter.com/5IWAZughbH
— Greenville Zoo (@greenvillezoo) January 16, 2020
Nelkan was introduced to Jade in January 2017, and their first cubs, a male and a female, were born in April. The births were an important success for the Greenville Zoo’s conservation efforts and the Species Survival Program, zoo staffers said, as it introduced another bloodline into the North American Amur leopard population.
The Amur leopard is one of the most critically endangered big cats in the world, with numbers ranging around 84 in the wild and 180 in captivity.