On April 29, three Snow Leopard kittens were born at the Austria’s Zoo Salzburg – the fourth litter for 11-year-old female Mira and her 12-year-old mate, Shankar.
Photo Credit: Zoo Salzberg
Snow Leopard cubs are born blind and weigh about one pound (0.5 kg). About seven days after their birth, the cubs opened their eyes and took their first clumsy steps. Mother Mira is taking excellent care of her offspring, so it’s not surprising that the cubs doubled their weight in just six weeks.
Snow Leopards are one of the most endangered big cats on earth. Poaching, illegal
trade, and habitat destruction threaten the survival of this majestic cat
species in the wild. Experts estimate that only 3,500-7,000 Snow Leopards
survive in the high mountain regions of Central Asia. Exact figures are not
available, unfortunately, because these animals are rarely seen in their natural
habitat, which is rough and remote.
See more photos of the cubs below the fold.