Cats of the Canopy, a brand new exhibit at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, officially opens this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 27, 28) with a special Clouded Leopard Awareness Weekend. Come out to help celebrate the grand opening and enjoy a weekend full of clouded leopard activities for the whole family. All activities during Clouded Leopard Awareness Weekend are free with zoo admission.
The zoo’s baby clouded leopard cubs will be there, 2-month-old Sumalee and Taji. Stop by the new cub den at the Cats of the Canopy exhibit and observe the cubs from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will also be daily scheduled cub feedings at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. This event celebrates the endangered cats that inhabit the new exhibit.
Visitors will also get to see Cheewit, a 1.5-year-old male clouded leopard, in the large exhibit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Here’s a list of some of the activities that will take place in the Asian Forest Sanctuary in front of the elephant barn from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Become a field biologist: Dress up in investigative gear. Study clouded leopard tracks and match photos of the cats collected from camera traps.
• Tail time: Paint your own clouded leopard tail.
• Clouded leopard challenge course: Walk, jump and climb over obstacles in the forest just like a clouded leopard.
• Scavenger hunt: Spot the elusive clouded leopard cut-outs hidden throughout the Asian Forest Sanctuary and enter to win a prize.
• Become a clouded leopard expert: Touch a clouded leopard pelt and skull. Test your ability to match the fur to different cats.
• Enjoy 10 percent off on unique cat merchandise in the Zoo Gift Shop.
• Taste a delicious new pad Thai dish in the Plaza Café in honor of the native habitat of clouded leopards.
For more info, visit www.pdza.org.