Baby snow leopards advance conservation efforts at Zoo Boise
Two baby snow leopards born recently at Zoo Boise have an
important job in a national species survival plan.
The cubs were born May 23 to parents Kabita and Tashi. They are
the first snow leopards born at Zoo Boise.
Like snow leopards in the wild, the cubs have been spending
their first few weeks in a den with their mother. As they
continue to grow and develop, they will slowly emerge from the den
to explore their exhibit for short periods of time. Visitors
to the zoo may be able to catch glimpses of the cubs as they begin
to explore more.
As a first-time mother, Kabita is doing a fantastic job of
caring for the cubs -- one male and one female, according to Dr.
Holly Peters, Zoo veterinarian. Zoo staff member have been
giving Kabita as much privacy as possible to ensure that she does
not become stressed and continues to take excellent care of the
The birth of these cubs is a significant achievement for Zoo
Boise and snow leopard conservation. Tashi and Kabita were
paired up as part of the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP).
The SSP is one of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's many
conservation programs. Its primary role is to serve as a breeding
program for selected endangered or threatened speices.
The goal is to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse
population for these animals in order to increase their numbers and
be able to reintroduce certain zoo-bred animals into their natural
habitats, if necessary.
The cubs are part of a mini baby boom occurring at Zoo Boise.
Since April, a mangabey monkey, porcupines, skunks and a serval
kitten have been born at the zoo.
Zoo Boise invites the community to "Keep Your World Wild"; the
zoo turns the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action.
Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums,
a national organization that supports excellence in animal care,
conservation, education and science. Located in Julia Davis
Park, Zoo Boise is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Labor Day. For
more information, see www.zooboise.org or call (208)