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Meow! (Well, Roar!) South Coast Zoo Adds Rare Big Cat


A South Coast zoo has added a leopard which is from one of the most threatened species in the world.  The Santa Barbara Zoo has a new Amur leopard named Kasha.  It's a male from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.

There are only about 300 of them left in the world, including 200 in captive breeding programs and 100 in the wild.  They are native to remote areas of Korea, China, and Russia.

Kasha was born in France, and moved to the Chicago zoo where he sired three litters of kittens.  The Santa Barbara Zoo is hoping he will be a good mate for Ajax, the Zoo's female Amur leopard.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.