Chattanooga Zoo Celebrates Snow Leopard's First Birthday

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The Chattanooga Zoo is set to celebrate the first birthday of one of its most popular residents, Maliha, the snow leopard.  Maliha was born a year ago today to long-time Zoo residents Czar (8) and Kasimir (14).  Maliha has since grown into a healthy active snow leopard that enjoys playing with her mom’s tail and jumping around on the rocks in her exhibit. 

The birth of Maliha is especially significant given that snow leopards are considered a highly endangered species with only four to six thousand remaining in the wild.  To compound the problem, efforts at breeding snow leopards in captivity have been marginally successful at best due to their highly solitary lifestyles and low birth survival rate.  

Maliha was part of a second litter from parents Kasimir and Czar.  Their first cub, Renji, was born on January 10, 2011 and now resides at the Cincinnati Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) program’s breeding efforts.  It is likely that Maliha will also be transferred to another Zoo at some point per the breeding recommendations of AZA. 

The Chattanooga Zoo, an active participant in the AZA’s SSP program for snow leopards, works hard to breed genetically healthy zoo populations of snow leopards and save their native habitat through awareness and education efforts.  

“Over recent years, Snow Leopards have not bred well in North American zoos so for the Chattanooga Zoo to have two litters over a short period of time is a great achievement,” said AZA Snow Leopard SSP Director and Superintendent of Miller Park Zoo, Jay Tetzloff. Zoo Executive Director Darde Long said, "It's wonderful to be able to celebrate the one-year birthday of a snow leopard again at our Zoo.   It speaks volumes to the special care our Zoo staff gives to our animals." 

For more information on the Chattanooga Zoo’s animal collections, please call 697-1319.

18th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament Raises More Than $14,000 For GNTC Students

More than $14,000 was raised to provide funding and financial aid to Georgia Northwestern Technical College students during the 18th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament held at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville on Tuesday.    The tournament was sponsored by the Foundation at GNTC. James Derward Powell served as the president of GNTC from 1987-1994.   ... (click for more)

Exploring The Ruins Of Lookout Mountain Program Is Nov. 12

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a five mile, ranger-guided, hike exploring the “ruins” on Lookout Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9 a.m., beginning and ending at the historic Cravens House.   Each year, thousands of people escape the bustling city of Chattanooga to hike through the quiet forests of Lookout Mountain Battlefield. ... (click for more)

2 Witnesses To A Murder Refuse To Testify At Jury Trial

Two men who prosecutors say witnessed a murder in Hixson on Jan. 31, 2014, on Wednesday refused to tell their story to a jury. Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman ordered Andrew Biro and Jacob Tyler "T.Y." Keel to answer questions from prosecutor Lance Pope, but they both refused. Biro had said during testimony in General Sessions Court that Christopher Levi Parker threatened ... (click for more)

PETA And Humane Educational Society Offer Reward For Torture-Killing Of Dog After Envelope Mailed From Chattanooga

An envelope postmarked from Chattanooga and containing a photo of a dog strung between two trees arrived at PETA's office in Virginia Tuesday, along with the severed ear of a dog. PETA members are offering a reward of $5,000-and the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga has added another $1,000-for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)