Maryland Zoo says its African leopard has die

Posted at 8:25 AM, May 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-30 08:25:13-04

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore says its African leopard has died.

The zoo said in a statement Sunday that the 22-year-old leopard named Hobbes was euthanized after his health declined rapidly over the past week.

The zoo says Hobbes came to the zoo as a 2-year-old in 1995 from Pretoria National Zoological Gardens in South Africa. A female leopard named Amari also came to the zoo at the same time. The two produced two female offspring together in 1997. Amari died at age 20 in 2014.

Both Hobbes and Amari were orphaned as cubs when their parents were poached.

The zoo says it will no longer be working with African leopards, but it does have a different kind of leopard on display: an Amur leopard named Sofiya.

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