Photo: Bronx Zoo has bred 80 endangered snow leopard
WCS photo in the news
December 6, 2007
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher / WCS
The Snow Leopard, hunted for its attractive coat, is an endangered species found in the mountain ranges of central and southern Asia. After reaching a population low during the 1960s when only around 1000 individuals remained, the cat has staged a recovery thanks to conservation efforts both in its native habitat and captivity.
Leading captive breeding efforts is the Wildlife Conservation Society. 80 offspring have been born at its Bronx Zoo headquarters — more cubs than any other zoo in the world.
In today’s “Photo in the News”, Snow leopard mom, Mei Mei, and one of her twin daughters Misty take a special moment to snuggle and groom at the Bronx Zoo’s Himalayan Highlands Habitat.
“This is definitely their favorite season,” said the Wildlife Conservation Society in a statement. “The snow leopard’s thick fur and tail protect them from the elements.”
The Snow Leopard’s coat changes from whitish-tan to white during the winter.
Visitors to the Bronx Zoo can now come early and stay late to experience the Zoo’s Holiday Lights extravaganza.