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Saturday is zoo’s Snow Leopard Day

August 9th, 2010 · No Comments

The Woodland Park Zoo celebrates its fourth annual Snow Leopard Day with special keeper talks, animal enrichment, arts and crafts, live entertainment and face painting, from 9:30-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. It is included in zoo admission.

Photo by Tianna Klineburger, Woodland Park Zoo.

Snow leopards are one of the world’s most endangered and elusive wild animals.

Hosted by the zoo and its conservation partner, the Snow Leopard Trust, this full day of activities highlights the fascinating adaptations of the snow leopard and critical conservation efforts to protect them in the wild.

Activities take place near the zoo’s snow leopard exhibit, including keeper talks at the exhibit, activity booths at the nearby Butterfly Forest and puppet shows and programs at Zoomazium.

Woodland Park Zoo is home to five snow leopards, including cubs Gobi and Batu born May 25, 2009, marking an important conservation milestone for Woodland Park Zoo and North American zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums by helping to bolster the genetic diversity of this endangered species.

As part of Woodland Park Zoo’s commitment to saving animals and habitat around the world through field conservation partnerships, the zoo works with Seattle-based Snow Leopard Trust created in 1981 by the late Woodland Park Zoo staff member Helen Freeman. Through innovative programs, effective partnerships and the latest science, the Snow Leopard Trust is saving these magnificent cats and improving the lives of people who live in the snow leopard countries of Central Asia.

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