How is Woodland Park Zoo contributing to the research being done on snow leopard reproduction and species conservation?
Woodland Park Zoo has long partnered with the Seattle-based Snow Leopard Trust (SLT) and supports their field conservation and research efforts through monetary donations, providing tours for their donors, emphasizing the SLT in our keeper talks and educational programs, and providing access to our snow leopards for their field work. In 2007 we assisted the SLT with research by placing a GPS collar on, at that time, our one snow leopard we had at the zoo. This collar was placed on her to help the SLT gather information on how these GPS collars work, and how accurately they work. [We a]lso wanted to gather information on how the collar affected the cat wearing the collar in a controlled setting, if there was any adverse reaction we could easily take the collar off before there was a problem. This research helped the SLT, especially with seeing how the cats tolerated the collars prior to using them on a wild animal. Woodland Park Zoo also holds Snow Leopard Day with the SLT annually. Thi