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Snow leopard cubs Naphisa and Pandora

Snow Leopard Cub Birthday

Stone Zoo

Saturday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Snow leopard cubs Naphisa and Pandora are turning one, and you're invited to the party! Watch the snow leopards enjoy special enrichment treats and learn all about their species during zookeeper encounters at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.!

Jennifer Snell Rullman, Assistant Director of Conservation for the Snow Leopard Trust, will give a presentation on these fascinating but vulnerable species. Guests will also have the opportunity to sign a giant birthday card for the snow leopard cubs and enjoy a slice of cake generously donated by Sweet Spot Bakery in Melrose, available for the first 200 people.

For Leopard Lovers

  • Zoodopt a snow leopard (pictured here)!

  • Come dressed for the occasion! Visit our Kids' Corner to print your own snow leopard mask (pictured here).

  • Learn more about snow leopards in Stone Zoo's Animal section.
  • Fun fact: With the ability to leap down heights of 60 feet, snow leopards are said to be the most agile of the “big cats.”

Committed to Conservation

Researchers estimate that there are only between 3,920 and 6,390 snow leopards left in the wild. These solitary cats face a multitude of threats to their existence: illegal hunting, loss of prey, loss of habitat, lack of effective conservation protection, and conflict with local communities and herders needing to protect their livestock.

Species Survival Plan

Zoo New England is a longtime participant in the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan, which is a cooperative, inter-zoo program coordinated nationally through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). SSPs help to ensure the survival of selected species in zoos and aquariums, most of which are threatened or endangered, and enhance conservation of these species in the wild.

Snow Leopard Trust

As a participant in the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP), Zoo New England is a member of the Snow Leopard Trust’s Natural Partnership Program (NPP), contributing funds to support research and programs aimed at protecting snow leopards and their natural habitat. Learn more

Video: A look back