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LUX Korkeasaari


CANCELLED

Due to the local COVID-19 restrictions the event is cancelled from February 2021. Let’s hope we can enjoy the Lux Korkeasaari lights again in December!

Conservation of snow leopards

Cold and rugged mountains of the Central Asia is the habitat of the endangered snow leopard (Panthera uncia). About 5500 snow leopards live in the wild on an area of 2 million km2, extending through 12 countries. As temperatures rise, vegetation, livestock and people move higher on the mountains, fragmenting the habitat of the snow leopard.

Lumileopardi

Korkeasaari Zoo has supported the work of the Snow Leopard Trust since 2012. With the donations Snow Leopard Trust has bought GPS tracking collars to gain insight about snow leopard habitat, wild prey species, and the cats themselves and done research to discover information about the diseases and illnesses of the snow leopards in the wild.

Snow leopard was the logo animal of Korkeasaari Zoo for years. Since the 1960s over a hundred cubs have been born in Korkeasaari, more than in any other zoo in the world. Snow leopards in Korkeasaari are part of EAZA Ex-situ programme (EEP). The purpose of the EEP and the studbook containing information about the individuals, is to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population in zoos, if the population in the wild is threatened with extinction. For snow leopards the studbook was established in 1976 and was first kept at Korkeasaari Zoo. Research done in the zoos supports the research and conservation of the animals in the wild.

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