With a snow leopard giving birth to three cubs, the Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park here welcomed the new guests to its already impressive and distinguished family.
Zima and Namkha became proud parents on April 10. Zima gave birth to the cubs at the park’s conservation and breeding facility at Topgey Dara. Park director Dharmdeo Rai said: “PNHZP welcomes three snow leopard cubs. Zima is a proud mother. The cubs and their mother are fine and under constant watch.”
With the additions, Darjeeling zoo now has twelve snow leopards. “We are the only zoo in the world for conservation and breeding of snow leopards in captivity. Our next project will be to see if the snow leopards can be released back in the wild,” Rai added.
Zima and Namkha had given birth to a pair in 2018. Namkha was brought from Mulhouse Zoo in France, while Zima came from a Polish zoo in 2014. “The cubs are presently feeding on their mother’s milk. After three months, they will be given the taste of chicken along with other supplements,” Rai said.
Source: Times of India