Amur Leopard Cub To Make Public Debut When Brookfield Zoo Reopens

The zoo opens July 1 for members and July 8 for the general public.

WBBM Newsradio Staff
June 30, 2020 - 12:52 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Who is ready to meet Sasha, Brookfield Zoo's Amur leopard cub?

When Brookfield Zoo reopens to guests they will be able to see some animals who made their debuts via social media while the zoo was temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes, Sasha, an Amur leopard, born on March 3.

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Since his birth, the nearly 4-month-old cub has been behind the scenes bonding with his mom, Lisa, the zoo said in a statement.

Sasha, an Amur leopard cub at Brookfield Zoo, can be for a few hours a day while he gets acclimated to his new outdoor habitat.
Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society

For a few hours each day, weather permitting, Sasha will have access to his outdoor habitat, as he gets acclimated to his new surroundings. The zoo said, as he gets more accustomed to his new environment, he will be able to stay outside for longer periods of time.

Sasha is Lisa’s fourth cub. When the two aren’t outside, guests will be able to see Samson, one of her offspring born in 2018.

Sasha, an Amur leopard cub, with his mom Lisa at Brookfield Zoo. The nearly 4-month-old cub is making his public debut to guests when the zoo reopens.

According to Brookfield Zoo, the Amur leopard is critically endangered with less than 65 animals left in the wild. Threats to the species include poaching, retribution hunting, loss of habitat due to logging and human settlement, and loss of prey. Their entire estimated range is about 965 square miles. Today, they are only found in one isolated population in the Russian Far East, although there may be a few individuals in the Jilin Province of northeast China. They are the northernmost subspecies of leopard in the world and are often mistaken for snow leopards. Amur leopards live in temperate forests with cold winters and hot summers, and typically rest in trees and dense vegetation or among the rocks during the day.

Sasha, an Amur leopard cub, with his mom Lisa at Brookfield Zoo. The nearly 4-month-old cub is making his public debut to guests when the zoo reopens.
Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society

Brookfield Zoo opens Wednesday, July 1 to members and the following Wednesday, July 8 to the general public. 

Brookfield Zoo will require guests to make a reservation to visit to limit guest capacity and ensure safe, social distancing. Reservation times will be available in 20-minute increments. All admission and parking tickets must be secured by both members and guests prior to arriving. No tickets will be sold on site.