Seeing Snow Leopards at the Chattanooga Zoo   7 comments

I had put up a preview post about our day at the Chattanooga Zoo. It’s probably the smallest AZA accredited zoo I’ve been to, but they do seem to be growing. It was certainly a nice place to stop on our way home from Atlanta.

We were greeted by one of the most active servals we have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He was quite cute.
Happy Serval

They several peacoks.
Peacock

This one seemed to be a pal of a Scottish cattle.
Scottish Cattle Playing Soccar

My daughter made fast friends with a crane. They played a game of peek-a-boo.
Crane

They had a cougar out. It’s hard to imagine our cougars growing up to be that big.
Big Cougar

Big Cougar Tongue

At least he laughed at my jokes.
Cougar Laughs at my Joke

A sleepy jaguar represented the zoo’s sole big cat.
Dozing Jaguar

However, what took us off our path was a baby snow leopard.
Snug Behind Mom

Snow leopard cubs are perhaps my favorite baby animal*. They are like stuffed animals come to life.
Hanging Out Behind Mom

Of course, mostly this little girl was interested in napping.
Sleeping Behind Mom

Except for one time mom climbed up a rock.
Where'd Mom Go?
Mom…you up there?

What's Over There?
What’s over there?

Peeking Over Mom's Back
Mom–I think we’re being watched.

I think her mom had a common parental dilemma: the need (or desire) to go do something else, but not wanting to disturb the sleeping baby.
Portrait of Mom

I know where you are coming from, Momma Snow Leopard.

Snow Leopards are endangered in the wild, with only an estimated 3,500-7,000 snow leopards in the wild. The Snow Leopard Trust is trying to reverse this through education and research.

*save, of course, for when Eddy was a kitten.

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