Two snow leopard cubs are now on the prowl at the Bronx Zoo as the latest additions to its wildlife family.
The two male leopards were born in early May to first-time parents at the Bronx Zoo, which has helped grow the species otherwise known as Panthera uncia grow its population by at least 70 through its own breeding program.
The two cubs are settling into the zoo's Himalayan Highlands exhibit with their mother, frolicking between its rocks and branches.
An endangered species, snow leopards are few and far in the wild. Native to parts mountainous Asia, there are estimated to be between 3,500 and 7,500 roaming free worldwide.
The zoo works with the Species Survival Plan, a national network of zoos and aquariums devoted to building up endangered species populations.
The Wildlife Conservation Society, which operates the Bronx Zoo, has also worked with communities in Pakistan since 1997 and Afghanistan since 2006 to conserve their native snow leopard populations.
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The Bronx Zoo is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and until 5:30 p.m. April to October. The zoo is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m November to March.
Adults: $16.95, children (3 to 12 years old) $12.95, children under 3 are free, seniors (65 years or older) are $14.95.
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