The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport said they are welcoming two rare Amur tiger cubs on Thursday.
The Amur or Panthera tigris altaica species is at risk for extinction.
The two cubs have been cared for in the Zoo Animal Health Center since their birth and their names will be announced on Thursday.
"In the last 500 years, human activity has forced more than 800 species into extinction, with two-thirds of those occurring in the last two centuries. Modern-day conservation of endangered animals can no longer be limited to protecting or reintroducing animals into their native ranges, as the “wild” is rapidly disappearing. To ensure a species’ long-term survival, propagation of wildlife has become essential to protect against a potential collapse of wild populationsm," the zoo said in a statement."
Both of the Zoo’s parent tigers, a male, Petya, and a female, Changbai, are ranked in the top ten most valuable cats in the Amur tiger population in Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) zoos, due to their genetic diversity, Beardsley said.
There are only 500 Amur tigers left in the wild. Over the last century, tiger numbers have fallen in total by about 95 percent and tigers now survive in 40 percent less of the area they occupied just a decade ago, according to the zoo.