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New Face on the Catwalk

Male snow leopard cub beginning to explore his habitat.

July 20, 2018 - Visitors to the ABQ BioPark just might sneak a peak of the Zoo's newest addition as they're strolling the Catwalk. Snow leopards Azeo and Sarani welcomed their first cub together on May 19 and he's beginning to explore his habitat.

"We're thrilled to welcome this new cub, which is an important part of the snow leopard Species Survival Plan," said Lynn Tupa, ABQ BioPark Zoo manager. "Mom and cub are doing great, and we know our visitors will love seeing our new arrival." 
 
Veterinary staff performed the male baby's first health exam on June 28 and are happy to report that all is well. Sarani and her cub will have the choice to go freely between their behind the scenes den and out on exhibit. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of them as they become more comfortable and confident with the cub exploring outside. The cub may not be consistently visible for sometime. Tupa said early and late in the day will likely offer the best viewing opportunities.
 
The ABQ BioPark has a strong legacy of breeding snow leopards. Azeo sired 11 cubs at the ABQ BioPark with his former mate Kachina. This is Sarani's third litter. 

Snow leopards are vulnerable to extinction in the wild. Species Survival Plans aim to ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered in the wild.