Snow leopards: Taking a look at an Olympic mascot

By Heather Tuttle

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 14 2014 2:15 p.m. MST

Wild diet: According to hoglezoo.org, “Blue sheep, deer, ibex, markhor, marmots, pheasants” are part of the snow leopard’s diet. “Now also domestic stock because villagers are going higher into the mountains to find grazing land for their sheep and goats.”

Predators: Man

Meet Hogle Zoo’s snow leopards

Nema (female): Born May 4, 1998. She has been at Hogle Zoo since Dec. 6, 2007. Of the two, Nema is more wary and cautious. She does not like the tigers.

Chimeegui “Chim” (male): Nema’s offspring was born April 16, 2012, at Hogle Zoo. Chim is still very much a youngster. He is very playful and energetic. Occasionally, you might see him carrying his tail in his mouth. Chim was born with eyelid dysgenesis — similar to a cleft palate of the eyelid. He underwent surgery at 5 months old to correct the defect.

Cats and Cocoa event: Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-noon

Enjoy free cocoa at Hogle Zoo’s Cats and Cocoa event. There will be Eco-Explorers out with biofacts (pelts, skull replicas, etc.) and answering questions about all the big cats of Asian Highlands.

Keepers will do Enrichment with the tiger at 11 a.m.; they’ll also come out and answer questions. Plus there will be a free bird-feeder craft for the kids.

For more inforatmion on snow leopards, visit snowleopard.org.

Fundraising event:

Collect vertical feet to help save the snow leopards this Saturday, Jan. 18.

According to Alta's website, "This is a fund raising event to benefit the Snow Leopard Trust. Dynafit will contribute 5 cents to the Trust for every food of vertical accumulated by uphill skiers during the five-hour event."

Where: Alta Ski Area, 210 Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Alta, Utah

When: Jan. 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $25 (includes $10 lunch coupon valid at any Alta restaurant).

Registration deadline: Jan. 15, 5 p.m.

For more information, visit thesportloft.com.

heather@deseretnews.com

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