A one-year-old snow leopard is now on exhibit at the Lake Superior Zoo.
Northland's NewsCenter reports "Kiran," a male leopard who turns two years old in July, arrived four weeks ago from ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque, NM.
Kiran replaces "Harry," who was transferred to Zoo New England in Massachusetts to breed with their female leopard as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan.
Snow leopards have fallen victim to the fur trade since the early 1900s, the Superior Telegram says. Twelve countries have implemented legal protections for the animals that were considered an endangered species in 1984.