Cat Pictures: Clouded Leopard and Cheetah Close-Up at San Diego Zoo

Look behind the scenes with CAT FANCY at the San Diego Zoo's wild cat program with this photo gallery.

By Susan Logan

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During Discover Days: Cool Cats program at the San Diego Zoo, CAT FANCY columnist Sandy Robins and editor Susan Logan visited with big cats and their trainers. They were so close, in fact that (with a trainer's supervision) they could pet a Clouded Leopard and hear it "chuffing," the wild cat's version of purring. Cheetah Karoo also provided some purrs for the pair. See snapshots of the trip here!

Wild Cats of San Diego Zoo

Cheetah Kakari and dog Miley
Wild Cats of San Diego Zoo

Trainer Lorena Walton and Cheetah Karoo
Wild Cats of San Diego Zoo

Clouded Leopard Rikki with Walton and CAT FANCY editor Susan Logan
Wild Cats of San Diego Zoo

Logan and Rikki up close
Wild Cats of San Diego Zoo

Rikki at 6 months old during the Backstage Pass exhibit
Wild Cats of San Diego Zoo

Clouded Leopards "chuff" rather than purr when content
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M    Lake City, FL

9/18/2013 11:52:25 PM

So beautiful- thanks for sharing and raising responsible awareness for these rare and special creatures!

On a curious onlooker note, its also just plain cool to get to see photos of clouded leopards!

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