Snow leopard cubs spotted in Scottish Highlands

No ratings yet. Log in to rate.

A new litter of snow leopard cubs have been born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park. 

Under the watchful eye of their mother, Animesh the three curious snow leopard cubs which were born seven weeks ago have begun to explore their surroundings in the Cairngorms based reserve. 

Una Richardson, the wildlife park's head of carnivores, said: “We are thrilled, though we remain cautious as this is still a very delicate stage in their development”. 

As the snow leopard's population has declined by 20 per cent in the past 20 years these three cubs represent hope for future generations.? 

Ms Richardson said: “Animesh and Chan (the cub’s father) are part of the European endangered species breeding programme.”? 

Since 2017, Snow leopards have been classed as a vulnerable species due to threats like habitat loss and “increasing demand for their bones in traditional Asian medicine” explained Ms Richardson. 

She explained how with an estimated wild population of 2,700 each cub increases the possibility of future generations being reintroduced into the wild.? 

Their mother, Animesh, will continue to nurture them until they reach adolescence at around two years old. 

Snow leopards are solitary by nature so the cub's father is currently living separately from them and Animesh.? 

Comments

No comments have been made. Please log in to comment.
 

Top stories from Radar

RGU takes part in the 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence UN campaign

November 25th marked the World International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It also saw the beginning of the ‘16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence’ campaign, which RGU: Union is currently supporting.

 
#teamtrees: the internet's attempt to save our planet

YouTubers are uniting to plant 20 million trees, and they’re more than halfway there.

 
November's Meme of the Month

November has been a wild month for memes ranging from the funny, the weird, a generational revolt and even political conspiracies. Let Radar take you on this wild ride as we tell you guys what our Meme of the Month is!

 
How to Conquer Your Fear of Presentations

Do you find your knees shaking, palms sweating and a fear building inside of you at just the mere mention of class presentations? Well Radar is here to give you some pro tips to hopefully reduce the stress of saying your piece for that all important grade!