Duluth Zoo Welcomes New Snow Leopard

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Lake Superior Zoo

Kiran, the snow leopard

March 26, 2013 Updated Oct 19, 2013 at 7:03 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Lake Superior Zoo is adding a new face to their exhibit.

Zoo staff are proud to introduce Kiran, a young male snow leopard who arrived four weeks ago from ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque, NM.

Kiran, who will be two years old in July, has been adjusting well in his new enclosure and is scheduled to go on exhibit this week.

“He’s a rather shy guy," says Maicie Sykes, Leak Keeper at the Lake Superior Zoo. "But he has been exploring his elevated platforms, using the heated rock, as well as eating all of his allotted diet. These are all signs that he’s adjusting well to his new life in snowy and chilly northern Minnesota.”

Kiran replaces “Harry”, who was transferred to Zoo New England, located in Massachusetts, in late January because he was recommended for breeding with their female snow leopard by the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan.

“We do miss Harry," says Sykes. "But we are thrilled by the possibility that the ‘pitter-patter of little paws’ may be coming soon for Zoo New England! His mission is an important one and we wish him and his new companion the very best!”

Harry will become an important part in helping the survival of his snow leopard species when he is introduced to his female companion at the Massachusetts Zoo.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns