May 2, 2014 – The Binghamton Zoo is proud to announce the arrival of 2 young snow leopards, Kushar and Ace.

The snow leopards arrived in Binghamton on April 16 and 17. The male “Tushar” came from the Cape May County Zoo in Cape May Court House, New Jersey. The female “Ace” came from Zoo Boise in Boise, Idaho.

Both snow leopards are approximately one year old and still growing. Ace will grow to be 35-40 kg (88 lbs) and Tushar will grow to be 45-55 kg (121 lbs).

The snow leopards will be on exhibit at the Wonders of Nature building adjacent to the meerkat room.

In the wild, snow leopards can be found in harsh, remote, mountainous regions of central Asia, with the majority located in Tibetan region of China. They can be found in high elevated areas in steep terrain such as cliffs, ridges, and rocky outcrops.

The snow leopard is classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with approximately 500 snow leopards in 150 zoos world-wide and 4,500-7,000 left in the wild. Many zoos are involved in a snow leopard species survival plan, the coordinated breeding program among zoos. The goal of this project is to maintain a genetically sound population in hope that these animals may someday be released into the wild. The Binghamton Zoo will work with the AZA to properly sustain, and contribute, to this program.

The Binghamton Zoo is now open 7 days a week from 10:00am-5:00pm (last ticket sold at 4:00pm). Visit rossparkzoo.com for information on upcoming events, general zoo info, and special programs.