Cape May County Zoo Snow Leopard Dies
The Cape May County Zoo announced their 17 year old matriarch Snow Leopard, Himani passed away on Friday. She had been fighting cancer for several months. Himani had gained national attention for giving birth to seven cubs. According to the Press of Atlantic City, she was born in June 2003. She lived at the Knoxville Zoo in Tennessee before coming to live at the Cape May Zoo in 2009.
A statement from the Cape May County Zoo says, “Himani’s impact on her caretakers, the Cape May County Zoo and the future of her species can’t be overstated. Her success in rearing strong healthy cubs contributed valuable bloodlines to the Species Survival Plan population. The cubs born at our Zoo introduced our guests to the rare opportunity to see cubs of one of the most endangered species of animals on the planet. The attention Himani’s cubs brought to our Zoo gave us national attention and made the Cape May County Zoo known throughout the Country. The bond we had with her was special and she will never be forgotten by our staff and our facility.”