New York’s Bronx Zoo is more than doing its bit to help stop the slide in the snow leopard population world wide. Their numbers are now down to 4,000-6,500 left in the wild, of whom fewer than 2,500 reproduce which means the numbers are falling all the time. But over time the Bronx Zoo has bred over 70 cubs, much more than any other zoo. And that’s a fantastic effort, though we should dip out hats to the Momma and Papa snow leopards too.
As has been reported, New Baby Snow Leopards, the new male cubs were born in early May this year and as you can see in the video they are busy learning the ropes in their Himalayan Habitat which has been constructed for them at the Bronx Zoo. The zoo has a long and proud history of having displayed these animals since 1903, delighting generations of children and their parents.
Sadly the species is now very endangered and one of the rarest big cats in the world. with the species carefully monitored by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Brox zoo is one of a series of zoos carrying out a careful breeding program to preserve them. Typically found in remote mountain regions in Central Asia, all the agencies working to conserve them, also work to conserve their threated mountain eco system which is being damaged by extensive overgrazing. Their normal prey has diminished and that means they are killed by herders when they take domestic cattle as a substitute.
The snow leopard’s closest animal relatives are not members of the leopard family, but tigers. They are adpated to living in the high, cold mountain regions and have thick fur, wide paws for gripping onto rocks and trees and long flexible tails which help them balance as they climb around on high. They are not normally a threat to humans in anyway but there have been 2 reports of attacks when they have been caught unawares in human environments. Take the opportunity to go visit Bronx Zoo and see these beautiful animals and help children learn how hard we have to work these days to prevent species susc