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.


Road Closures Announced For Repairs

The 1100 O’Grady Drive at Zena Drive will be closed beginning  Tuesday at 9 a.m. , for a storm drain replacement. This will be a full closure, scheduled to reopen over the weekend, but will be closed again  on Monday  and  Tuesday . The roadway will reopen on  Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m ., when the project is completed.   The 1100 block ... (click for more)

Orange Grove Chorus, Featured Entertainment At The 2015 Partners In Education Luncheon In Nashville

Orange Grove Center Chorus is the featured entertainment at the Partners in Education Conference Luncheon on Jan. 28 at 11:30 a.m.  The conference will be held at the Music City Center in Nashville.  This conference serves over 2,500 educators from across the State of Tennessee.   The Orange Grove Center Chorus, under the direction of Carolyn Brown serves as ... (click for more)

Bradley Commissioners Concerned About Firefighters Leaving For Better-Paying Jobs

The Bradley County Commission agreed during a Monday evening work session that they will have to look into the issue of many county firefighters leaving for better paying jobs elsewhere. The discussion comes after the city's recently announced plan to possibly create their own separate ambulance service.   In surrounding areas, firefighters can make as much as ... (click for more)

Body Found On South Highland Park Avenue

The Chattanooga Police Department is investigating the death of a white woman, found at 2106 S.   Highland Park Ave.  The person’s identity and cause of death are unknown at this time. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call  423 698-2525. The investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when available. (click for more)

We Need The Chattanooga History Center

Having been on several of Dr. Daryl Black's walking tours, I can say that they weren't just informative, but a treat. The downtown, Fort Wood and Ninth Street of yesteryear were brought dramatically to life. We stood on the ground where Sherman had his headquarters (near the Ice Cream Show) and the corner where Bessie Smith sang as a young girl. And we also stood beneath the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Big (Un)Easy: Mardi Gras

Not since Hurricane Katrina has New Orleans had a bigger problem. When over a million visitors flood the city for the annual Mardi Gras bash over the next three weeks, there will be signs all around town and into the French Quarter that blare, “CAUTION: Walk In Large Groups. We (heart symbol) love NOPD. We Just Need More Of Them.” In other words, it appears things are quite unsettled ... (click for more)