“We’re thrilled to welcome Maya and Amga’s new cubs,” says Tammy Schmidt, Carnivore Curator. “To be able to participate in world conservation and contribute on this level is truly amazing. Additionally, this being the second birth of a big cat in just a week is also extraordinary. This birth is a significant contribution to the endangered snow leopard population in the U.S. We are cautiously optimistic and letting Maya be a fantastic first time mom,” said Schmidt. The Zoo works with the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) breeding program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) whose mission is to manage populations of threatened, endangered and other species across AZA zoos, to maintain long-term genetic and demographic viability.
“We were excited to hear the news of Maya’s healthy baby snow leopard cubs. It is an exciting time at the Zoo. In the coming months visitors will have a truly unique opportunity to observe baby cubs flourishing in their new environment,” said Robert Kane, First Niagara Bank Eastern Pennsylvania Regional President.
Mother and cubs are doing well. Maya has been in constant physical contact with her cubs since birth, caring for and feeding them. The first 72 hours of the cub’s life are the most critical and monitored closely by the Zoo’s animal and veterinary staff. The cubs’ public debut is still to be confirmed, but will not occur for approximately 3 months. This birth comes on the heels of the new jaguar cub born on Friday, June 3rd and other baby animals, including an orangutan, a gibbon, a giraffe and more, during June Baby Boom.
Snow leopards have endangered status in the wild due to habitat destruction, conflict with humans, and poaching. The Philadelphia Zoo supports snow leopards by supporting the Snow Leopard Trust, which uses a combination of approaches to conservation that focus on partnering with communities in snow leopard habitat. For updates on the cub or to ADOPT a snow leopard, visit philadelphiazoo.org and follow us on facebook.com/philadelphiazoo.
About The Philadelphia Zoo: America’s first zoo and one of the region’s foremost conservation organizations, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. The Philadelphia region’s leading family destination, the Zoo welcomed more than 1.2 million visitors last year. The Philadelphia Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information on the Philadelphia Zoo, as well as to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at www.philadelphiazoo.org. Philadelphia Zoo is a non-smoking facility