Animals & Attractions

We have four snow leopards at Highland Wildlife Park. Our adult female Animesh was born in 2013 arrived from Marwell Zoo in England and our male, Koshi arrived in 2020 from The Big Cat Sanctuary.

In May 2022, the pair became parents to a trio of cubs, two girls and a boy who were named Maya, Padme and Yashin. Padme moved to Welsh Mountain Zoo in 2023.

Our family of snow leopards can be seen exploring their hill-top habitat. 

FACT FILE

  • Snow leopards can be found in the harsh, remote, mountainous areas of central Asia. They are protected throughout much of their natural range and international trade is banned
  • Unlike other big cats, snow leopards can't roar
  • They are well adapted for cold environments. To help fight the cold weather they have long, thick, fur with large paws and an enlarged nasal cavity that warms the cold air as it is breathed in
  • Their long, thick tail is almost one metre in length and is used for balance as well as insulation when wrapped around the body and face when resting
  • Snow leopards are capable of leaping great distances and are particularly agile in their steep and rugged habitat
  • Despite being called the snow 'leopard', they are more closely related to tigers than leopards
  • Snow leopards are a relatively solitary species and are most active at dawn and dusk

HOW WE'RE HELPING

Wild populations of snow leopard are at risk due to habitat loss, poaching and conflict with farmers. Here at RZSS, our snow leopards are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) which ensures a healthy and genetically diverse population.

Like all the animals in our care, our snow leopards are amazing ambassadors for their relatives in the wild and help hundreds of thousands of people connect with nature every year. They encourage visitors to learn about the threats facing wildlife and the action they can take to help create a world where nature is protected, valued, and loved.

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for the animals here at the park and work to protect species at risk around the world. From providing expertise in genetics and veterinary health to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

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