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South America

maned wolf Louisville ZooFrom the Amazon to the Andes, South America is home to a dazzling display of creatures. Immerse yourself in the natural scenes of South America while getting up-close with Jaguars, Maned Wolves, Snow Leopards and more.


Cats of the Americas

Some of the top predators on the planet live at the Cats of Americas exhibit. This exhibit is home to our Canada Lynx, Bald Eagles, and Puma. Visitors may get an up-close encounter of the cats patrolling the edge of their habitats.

Snow Leopard Louisville Zoo

Leopard Leap

Our Snow Leopard will be getting a new home in 2019! This new exhibit will showcase the elusive Snow Leopard and its natural habitat, the Himalayas, with The Temple of Snow.  The signature exhibit of the Leadership Campaign, this innovative design mirrors the exotic natural landscape of these beautiful creatures and allows guests to observe the prowess of the greatest jumpers of all the cats.

Track our progress on the new Snow Leopard Pass or see our future vision for South America in the Zoo’s new Master Plan.



Snow Leopard Conservation

As part of our mission to “better the bond between people and our planet,” the Louisville Zoo supports many conservation efforts locally and globally. The Louisville Zoo is a proud sponsor of the Snow Leopard Trust. This organization aims to increase understanding of the endangered snow leopard and to protect this precious species in partnership with the communities that share its habitat. Learn more at:

Big Cats

In addition to habitat degradation and loss of prey, many big cats are hunted for their fur, bones or other body parts. All seven species of big cats are listed as Threatened or Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List. Learn more about conservation efforts for big cats at