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The Animal Programs Department is happy to announce the birth of two female snow leopard cubs born on June 16. Currently, the cubs—each of whom weighs about 10 pounds—are bonding with their 4-year-old mother, Sarani, in a behind-the-scenes den. Until they make their public debut in mid-October, you will be able to view images and video of the cubs at www.CZS.org
Sarani and her 5-year-old mate, Sabu, arrived at Brookfield Zoo in October 2011 from Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, respectively.
Their pairing was based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP). An SSP is a cooperative population management and conservation program for select species in AZA zoos and aquariums.
Each SSP manages the breeding of a species to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. Everest, a snow leopard born at Brookfield Zoo in 2013 to Sarani and Sabu, is now at Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska, on a breeding loan that is also based on a recommendation from the SSP.
There are 145 snow leopards living in 63 institutions in North America.
Brookfield Zoo has exhibited snow leopards since 1936.
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