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Remember this lovely little Amur leopard cub who was born recently? Well her keepers want you to name her!
Amur leopards are the world's most threatened big cat, with fewer than 35 remaining in their natural range in the Russian Far-East and this female leopard, born at Marwell Zoo, is an important addition to the European Endangered species breeding Programme (EEP).
The cub is now fully vaccinated and can safely venture outside of the den. Now that visitors can see the youngster, the zoo is asking the public to help them name the cub.
Marc Fox, section manager of carnivores said: "We are really pleased with the progress the cub has made so far. Mum Kaia has been extremely attentive and has cared for the youngster brilliantly.
"It's fantastic to see the cub busily exploring her new environment and playing with Kaia."
Now Marwell Zoo has launched a competition asking the public to help them name the cub. Animal keepers have chosen their top three names and voters will all be entered into a prize draw to win a big cat behind the scenes experience.
The names are:
* 'Kanika'- a mix of the letters in her mum and dad's names Kaia and Akin. Also goes well with Kaia.
* 'Odessa'- a Russian name meaning 'Wrathful'.
* 'Rayna'- a Russian Queen.
To vote for your favourite name for the adorable little leopard, click here.
Amur leopard numbers have been declining over many decades due to pressure from humans. Habitat loss and hunting of both the leopards themselves, as well as their prey species has played a major role in their decline.
To read more about this endangered species, log on to Marwell's website.