2 New Snow Leopards Unveiled At Brookfield Zoo

BROOKFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — There is a new addition at Brookfield Zoo this holiday season.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports, a couple of young snow leopards may add some smiles to the faces of visitors this winter.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Michele Fiore reports

One-year-old Sarani, a female, comes to Brookfield Zoo from one in Idaho Falls. Her mate, 1 1/2-year-old Sabu, a male, joins Brookfield from Cape May County Park Zoo in New Jersey.

They were paired together based on the recommendation of the Snow Leopard Survival Plan put out by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The plan seeks to manage the breeding of species to maintain a healthy, self-sustaining population.

Sabu will not be mature for at least another year, but the plan is for Sarani and Sabu to mate and produce a litter of healthy cubs, the zoo says.

The medium-sized snow leopards were both brought to Brookfield Zoo in October.

Both have already gone through the required 30-day quarantine and are now available to see visitors during the annual Holiday Magic celebration. Look for them in their outdoor habitat at The Fragile Kingdom.

Brookfield Zoo has had snow leopards on display since 1936.

  • sare

    Good news, very nice :)

  • Jim Hamilton

    Like hell take my family to Chicago for family fun. Getting them all killed in a drive up like so many others I read about doesn’t sound like fun to me oh yeah and in Chicago the criminals carry guns but I can’t hahaha NO THANK YOU CHICAGO!
    Chicago is turning into one huge cesspool of criminals, put a fence around it and take away their right to vote.
    By the way.
    Hi there Chicago it’s me from down state illinois. Hows the anti gun laws working out for ya. When will you idiots up there wake up and see your anti carry laws only dis arm the law abiding guys and keep the bad guys with their guns safer?
    Rahm is more worried about getting those cameras to work so he can catch you hurrying home from the restaurants to use the bathroom than to clean up the cesspool. Why aren’t those cameras watching the neighborhood instead of working people running behind to get to works license plates. Running behind because of the big potholes in the road lord knows they have created more danger than going 5 mile an hour over has.

  • Rob

    This zoo should give them back before someone at that zoo mishandles them and causes them harm, their record on handling animals with special needs is dismal.

  • Jim Hamilton
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