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Zoo Welcomes New Female Snow Leopard

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The Louisville Zoo welcomes its newest addition: 2-year-old female snow leopard NeeCee.

NeeCee joins us from the Miller Park Zoo.  She will rotate exhibit time with the Zoo’s 6-year-old male snow leopard Kimti.

The Zoo will be breaking ground soon on a new snow leopard exhibit which is set to open in 2019.

About Snow Leopards

Snow Leopards can be found in the mountains of Central Asia such as the Himalayas. Snow leopards stand about two feet at the shoulder and weigh 55 to 165 pounds. They are extremely agile and can leap up to 49 feet. Their paws have cushions of hair that prevent them from sinking into the snow, protect them from rough stones and cold, and increase traction on slippery surfaces. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists snow leopards as vulnerable.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).