Visitors can see Chan sung and Suksn in Tacoma through Wednesday.
Then Chan sung will be sent to Tanganyika Wildlife Park near Wichita, Kan., where he will be paired with 4 ½-month-old Sassy. Suksn is headed for Houston Zoo to meet her future mate, Tarek, who was born at Nashville Zoo in March.
The local cubs were born March 6 to Chai Li and Nah Fun, one of Point Defiance Zoo’s three pairs of endangered clouded leopards.
Chan sung and Suksn are being moved as part of a breeding program designed to maintain diversity in the species’ gene pool, staff biologist Andy Goldfarb said.
The Tacoma cubs are among seven clouded leopards born this year through the Species Survival Plan. Fewer than 65 of the cats live in 24 accredited North American zoos.
Once the cubs depart next week, Point Defiance Zoo will have three sets of the leopards. They include the cubs’ parents; Jao Ying and Chee Wit, who can be spotted in the Cats of the Canopy exhibit; and Josie and Raja, who produced cubs in 2003 and live behind the scenes at the zoo’s Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.
Zoo staff are keeping their fingers crossed that Jao Ying and Chee Wit will breed in the future.