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Buffalo Zoo welcomes new snow leopard

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Sat, Jan 20th 2018 10:30 am
The Buffalo Zoo has announced a new addition.
Altai, a 1-year-old male snow leopard, comes to the Buffalo Zoo from the Akron Zoo where he was one of three born March 5, 2016. Named after the Altai Republic and Altai Mountain Range, he arrived in Buffalo in early October. After successful clearance of health quarantine, he began his introductions to his new habitat. He will share his habitat with the Buffalo Zoo's 2-year-old female snow leopard Sabrina.
The introduction of Altai to Sabrina is part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan for snow leopards.
There are an estimated 5,000 snow leopards left in the wild and approximately 600-700 in zoos around the world. For this reason, it is essential zoos continue promoting and educating the public about conservation efforts in the wild.
Snow leopards are found in the mountains of Central Asia, parts of Siberia and the Himalayan Mountains, usually above 8,000 feet. The snow leopard has a very soft and heavily spotted coat that is typically gray or yellowish gray marked with large, dark, mostly open gray rosettes. This coloration makes them almost invisible on the rocky slopes of their native habitat. With these thick coats, heavy fur-lined tails and paws covered with fur, snow leopards are perfectly adapted to the cold and dry habitats in which they live.
Buffalo Zoo guests looking to visit Altai are reminded admission is just $5 during January and February as part of the Buffalo Zoo's "Polar Bear Days" promotion.
The Buffalo Zoo's snow leopards located in the "Vanishing Animals" north area.
The Buffalo Zoo is committed to promoting wildlife conservation through up-close animal encounters, engaging educational experiences, and participation in regional and international programs for endangered species. The Buffalo Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For additional information about the Buffalo Zoo, visit www.buffalozoo.org.  

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