Seeing spots? The tails tell the tale. Look at the Zoo’s snow leopards’ tails to tell them apart. Everett’s is skinny at the base, and then full. Zoe’s is full from the base of her tail to its tip.
- Is relaxed and laid-back, according to keepers, but also stubborn and wary of change
- Is more likely to lie down, walk away, or sit and stare than to become aggressive
- May be an “old man,” but don’t be fooled by this – he caught a coot from the Andree Clark Bird Refuge that strayed into the exhibit
- Was born in 1997, so he’s considered elderly by snow leopard standards
- Arrived at the Zoo in 2011 from the San Diego Zoo
- Is described as “feisty” by keepers, and likes to get reactions from them
- Has been known to bang her paw on the mesh as if to say “you’re not feeding me fast enough”
- Was observed jumping 10 feet, straight up in the air (vertically), to grab a snake skin that keepers put on the top of a bamboo pole
- Is the smaller of the two, weighing about 70 pounds
- Was born in 2003, she arrived at the Zoo from the Akron Zoo in 2010
From the Keepers“In the summer, Zoe frequently wants to play “chase” with me when I first arrive in the morning. She hears my keys jingle, and starts to run. Then I run back and forth outside the mesh. But she stops immediately if a guest arrives. She won’t do it with anyone else around.” – Scott D.
Snow Leopards are suspected to have declined by at least 20% over the past two generations (16 years) due to habitat and prey base loss, poaching, and human persecution. Listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, it is estimated that there are only between 4,000 and 6,500 snow leopards left in the wild. In October 2013, officials representing 12 Central and South Asian countries endorsed a new global conservation initiative to sustain the cats’ mountain-steppe and mountain tundra ranges.
Support the Snow Leopard Trust
The Snow Leopard Trust is an organization that strives to protect snow leopards and provide a stable income for people living near these majestic cats. Stop by the Zoo’s Explore Store and check out the handmade merchandise or visit www.snowleopard.org.