The ABQ BioPark is thrilled to announce the birth of two male snow leopards. Kiran and Kalmali, born July 21, 2011, are beginning to venture into their exhibit with their mother, Kachina, on the Zoo’s Cat Walk.
Snow leopards are endangered, and zoos and conservation organizations around the world are helping to protect them through a Species Survival Plan (SSP). Organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the SSP helps arrange adult pairs to maintain genetic diversity.
The BioPark breeding pair is highly compatible. Under the expert care of BioPark staff, Kachina and Azeo are breeding and raising young with unparalleled success. The cats have produced a litter each year for five years and have eight offspring throughout North American zoos. The prolific parents have made the BioPark a leader in snow leopard conservation.