AKRON, Ohio – The snow leopard cubs that were born on April 14, 2014, will make their first public appearance on Friday, July 4, 2014. The cubs will be out daily from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. and as they get bigger they will be out for longer spans of time in the coming weeks. The naming contest has ended and the zoo is still making their final decision on the cubs’ names from the 1,478 entries. Their names will be announced prior to them going on exhibit Friday.
Currently at 11 weeks old, the female cub weighs 10 lbs. 14 ounces, and the male cub weighs 9 lbs. 11 ounces. They both are doing well and continue to thrive under the watchful eye of their mother, Shanti. According to their primary keeper, Sarah Kirkman, “The cubs are starting to become more adventurous and working on perfecting their climbing and jumping skills. They have been playing more and more with each other and with Shanti. Shanti has proven to be a very attentive and tolerant mother.”
Snow leopards are an endangered species primarily due to loss of habitat, illegal poaching for their pelts and body parts and killings by local herders when a snow leopard has preyed on their livestock. There are less than 150 snow leopards in the SSP in the U.S. and there are believed to be as few as 4,000 left in the wild.
For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.