Kiran settles in at Lake Superior ZooThe Lake Superior Zoo is excited to introduce “Kiran” (pronounced “kih’-ran”), a young male snow leopard who arrived four weeks ago from ABQ BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, N.M.
The Lake Superior Zoo is excited to introduce “Kiran” (pronounced “kih’-ran”), a young male snow leopard who arrived four weeks ago from ABQ BioPark Zoo in Albuquerque, N.M.
Kiran, who will be two years old in July, was placed on exhibit this week and is adjusting to his new enclosure.
“He’s a rather shy guy, but he has been exploring his elevated platforms, using the heated rock, as well as eating all of his allotted diet,” said Maicie Sykes, lead keeper at the Lake Superior Zoo. “These are all signs that he’s adjusting well to his new life in snowy and chilly northern Minnesota.”
Kiran replaces “Harry”, who was transferred to Zoo New England in Massachusetts in late January because he was recommended for breeding with their female snow leopard by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan.
Harry will become an important part in helping the survival of his snow leopard species when he is introduced to his female companion.
“We do miss Harry but we are thrilled by the possibility that the ‘pitter-patter of little paws’ may be coming soon for Zoo New England,” Sykes said. “His mission is an important one, and we wish him and his new companion the very best.”