Denver Zoo Welcomes New Baby Snow Leopard
It has been a springtime with lots of new babies at Denver Zoo! There have been baby penguins, a new Mongolian horse colt, and Blossum the baby Gerenuk. Now Denver Zoo is welcoming an endangered snow leopard cub. The female cub is named Misha (Mee-sha). She was born on May 13th.
Guests aren't able to see Misha yet because she is still bonding behind-the-scenes with her mommy, Natasha. The two will stay in their den until Mom decides Misha is ready for the world.
Misha was born to Natasha, and father, Himal (Him-all). Natasha was born at Wisconsin's Racine Zoo in April 2001 and came to Denver Zoo in July 2002. Himal was born at Utah's Hogle Zoo in May 2009 and arrived at Denver Zoo from there in May 2010. Fortunately, the couple has proved to be an excellent match. Although this is Himal's first cub, Natasha is an experienced mother having given birth to cubs in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
Snow leopards are classified as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and their numbers are decreasing quickly.