Potter Park Zoo Welcomes New Snow Leopard

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POTTER PARK ZOO WELCOMES NEW SNOW LEOPARD




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13-year-old Ramir, Potter Park Zoo's new snow leopard

Potter Park Zoo Welcomes New Snow Leopard

Dec 22, 2010

LANSING, MI --- Potter Park Zoo is thrilled to announce the arrival of Ramir, a 13-year-old snow leopard.

“We’re happy to have Ramir join us,” said Zoo Director Gerry Brady. “It’s important that Association of Zoo and Aquarium (AZA) accredited zoos collaborate to save snow leopards from extinction.”

Snow leopards are part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), which keeps records of all the animals in captivity and advises zoos on breeding plans to perpetuate each species. The SSP recommended that Ramir be transferred to Potter Park Zoo.

“The SSP made this recommendation as Ramir is an excellent match genetically for our female snow leopard, Serena,” Brady said. “Potter Park Zoo is recognized as a global player for our efforts to preserve the species.”

Potter Park Zoo will host the annual Snow Leopard SSP meeting in July 2011, when snow leopard experts from North America will meet to develop a new master plan for 2012. The master plan will outline all new breeding recommendations, transfers and medical issues.

Ramir was born in 1997 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and he comes to Potter Park Zoo from the Sacramento Zoo. He has been adjusting well to his new environment and keepers. The snow leopards are located in the Lion House at Potter Park Zoo, and Ramir will be on exhibit starting the final weekend of Wonderland of Lights. Check www.potterparkzoo.org for the event’s schedule.

Potter Park Zoo is located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. within Potter Park along the Red Cedar River in Lansing, Michigan. The zoo is open daily year-round, winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (517) 483-4222 or visit www.potterparkzoo.org.

Jake Pechtel - Communications Manager
517-342-2769 / jpechtel@ingham.org  

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