Monday, June 16, 2014

Welcome Misha the Snow Leopard

The Sacramento Zoo has a new resident! One-year-old Misha is a Snow Leopard who came to the Sacramento Zoo from the Denver Zoo in a move recommended and planned by the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan®.

As a young Snow Leopard in new surroundings Misha is still adjusting to the sights and sounds of her new home. She often stays inside or watches guests from a hiding spot during the day while exploring her exhibit in the evening. If you are lucky enough to spot her be sure to stay quiet so as not to scare her. Currently the Zoo is being patient, allowing her all the time she needs to become comfortable. After Misha has become familiar with the exhibit and reliable in her routine at the Zoo she will meet Blizzard, the Zoo’s resident male Snow Leopard.

Blizzard and Misha will not be on exhibit together until they have undergone an extensive “meet and greet” process. Before the two Snow Leopards can begin to live comfortably together, zookeepers will acclimate them first to the smell and sight of each other. After Misha and Blizzard are comfortable being near one another keepers will physically introduce them together and they will begin sharing the same space under the watchful eyes of zookeepers.

The Sacramento Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and participates in the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan® by following breeding recommendations and increasing awareness of the problems facing this species. Snow Leopards are endangered due to poaching, loss of prey, and the fragmentation of habitat.  The Sacramento Zoo also participates in the International Snow Leopard Trust by donating funds for educational materials and conservation programs in the regions where Snow Leopards live.

Photo by Chris Llewellyn
Photo by Chris Llewellyn
Photo by Mike Owyang
Photo by Mike Owyang

2 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing her out and about, although I suspect from reading the article that she's seen us numerous times.

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