Brookfield Zoo Announces Birth of Snow Leopard Cubs


The Chicago Zoological Society on Friday announced the birth of two female snow leopard cubs on June 16 at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois.

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, recently announced the birth of two female snow leopard cubs on June 16, 2015. Shortly after birth, the cubs each weigh about 10 pounds, and are bonding with their 4-year-old mother, Sarani.

“Snow leopards are the only large cats that do not roar. They have excellent vision, hearing, and balance. Since they are nocturnal, they have an adaptation that reflects light back through their eyes to produce a better image in low light. They also occupy a large home range. Like many solitary carnivores, the male home ranges are typically larger than female home ranges and can encompass the ranges of several females. They are solitary but not unsocial, sometimes sharing their range with another snow leopard. They walk on their toes and are quite agile.”

— Chicago Zoological Society

Sarani and her 5-year-old mate, Sabu, arrived at Brookfield Zoo in October 2011 from Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Cape May County Park & Zoo in Cape May Court House, New Jersey, respectively. Their pairing was based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP).

There are 145 snow leopards living in 63 institutions in North America. Brookfield Zoo has exhibited snow leopards since 1936.

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