On October 26th, The Memphis Zoo is having a reminder for us that it is our collective responsibility to conserve the species and its ecosystem.
How October 23 came to be celebrated as International Snow Leopard Day
The snow leopard is the indicator of the health and sustainability of a mountain ecosystem that provides water to up to 60 per cent of the world’s population. On October 23, 2013, political leaders from 12 countries came together for the first time to endorse the “Bishkek Declaration” on the conservation of snow leopards. It was a monumental feat where the President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambaeyev hosted leaders from Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the Global Snow Leopard Forum held in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, with a shared goal of conserving snow leopards and their fragile habitats. A comprehensive Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Programme (GSLEP) was also launched on this day to achieve the ambitious goal of addressing high-mountain development issues using conservation of the snow leopard as the primary focus. It was to commemorate this historic date and a watershed moment for snow leopard conservation that October 23 was chosen to be recognised as the “International Snow Leopard Day”.
The Memphis Zoo is celebrating our snow leopards on October 26th at 10AM. Join us in cat country as we have special enrichment activities for our snow leopards as well as a special keeper chat to tell you all about this fascinating cat from the Himalayas.
This event is free with general admission.