CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The newest members of the Cape May County Zoo won the hearts of residents and visitors Tuesday during an unveiling ceremony.
Two baby snow leopards, both females born May 19, will be showcased at the zoo until they are old enough to have their own cubs.
The two unnamed cubs are the fifth litter of snow leopards at the free zoo since 2013.
Once known as the king of the mountains in places such as China, Russia and India, snow leopards have become an endangered species in recent years.
The World Wildlife Fund estimates about 4,000 to 6,500 snow leopards are alive today. The No. 1 killer of the leopards is humans, according to the WWF. The long-term effects of climate change also are expected to result in a loss of nearly 30 percent of snow leopards in the Himalaya Mountains of Asia.