Labor Day will be the last chance for many people to see the clouded leopard cubs Pi, Rhu and Saya at the nonprofit Denver Zoo. The three cubs will be out for public view on most of the day on Monday, Sept. 1.
It will also be the final day for the Wildlife Show and two other shows.
The three will leave for other zoos around October 1. Their destinations are unannounced to the public, although Pi and Saya will go to their new home as a suggested breeding pair.
Pi and Rhu are siblings who were born at the Denver Zoo on March 14 – Pi Day. It is also Einstein’s birthday and Rhu was named for Einstein’s favorite pie, rhubarb. Saya was born April 10 at the Front Royal, Va., campus of the National Zoo, at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. She has been at the Denver Zoo since May 17.
Their new home was chosen through the Species Survival Plan, which determines the best location for that particular animal as well as for its species. The SSP ensures healthy populations and genetic diversity among zoo animals.
Times for the Wildlife Show through Monday are 10:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Visitors will also be able to Meet the Animal Stars at the showings 9:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. The last seasonal show, Wild Encounters, opens 12 p.m. and 1 p.m.
Other shows are year-round. Visitors will still be able to see the sea lion show 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Northern Shores, the African Penguin feeding at 10:15 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Bird World and the Toyota Elephant Passage demonstration at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the McGrath Family Amphitheater near Kamala Café. At 2 p.m. daily, visitors to Pahali ya Simba get a behind-the-scenes peek at how keepers work with the lions, hyenas or wild dogs.