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ABQ BioPark Welcomes New Snow Leopard

Zoo hopes to breed female Sarani with male Azeo as part of the Species Survival Plan.

January 31, 2018 - The ABQ BioPark's male snow leopard Azeo has a new female friend just in time for Valentine's Day.

Sarani, a 7-year-old female snow leopard, came from the Brookfield Zoo in November. After a short quarantine period, staff started visual introductions between her and male Azeo in late December.

"Sarani is settling into her new home and doing well," said Erin Flynn, ABQ BioPark mammal curator. "We're happy to have her here and so very excited to continue our legacy of snow leopard conservation." 

Snow leopards are classified as vulnerable to extinction in the wild. The ABQ BioPark is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan and hopes to breed Azeo and Sarani. Azeo is parent to 11 offspring from his former mate, Kachina, who passed away last year.

Visitors can see Sarani on the Catwalk.