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(Memphis) For the first time in a decade, a Snow Leopard has been born at the Memphis Zoo.
The birth of the male cub actually happened July 19 but was not announced until today.
The cub was born to “Ateri” and “Darhan.”
According to the zoo, “Ateri, a first-time mother, is nursing the cub behind-the-scenes. The cub’s name will be announced in the coming weeks…”
On September 3, Memphis Zoo veterinarians performed the first neonatal exam on the cub. He was declared to be in excellent health, and mother and baby are doing fine.
According to the zoo, “Breeding season for snow leopards is usually January through late March. Gestation is usually between 90-100 days. The male cub was born after 98 days. Usually, there are two or three cubs, but one is not unusual for a first litter.”
It’s estimated there are only 4,080-6,590 snow leopards remaining in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).