Two of the Chattanooga Zoo’s newest additions met the public during Snow Leopard Appreciation Day Thursday.
The cubs, named Everest and Maliha, are between 5 and 6 weeks old.
Zookeepers said the parents are taking good care of the cubs and have not seemed too overly protective when others approach them.
The keepers reported that the babies are “chuffing,” a nonaggressive, vocalized greeting they learned from their mother.
The birth of the cubs and their continued health are especially a cause for celebration because, last year, only 12 snow leopard cubs were born in captivity, Darde Long, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Zoo, said. Only nine of the 12 cubs survived.
The Chattanooga Zoo’s cubs receive frequent weighings and other routine health screenings, Long said. They also receive vaccinations to ensure their continued health.