Snow leopards are more than just a tourist attraction. They are part of our ecology system and they are as important as any other big cat is. But they are now endangered in India. So, the Himalayan nature park in Himachal Pradesh is all set to begin the breeding of these leopards with the help of a pair that the zoo authorities in Darjeeling will be lending them.
Apart from Darjeeling zoo, the leopards that are highly endangered due to poaching and hunting are safe in the zoos of Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
Around 56 snow leopards have taken births till date in the zoo of Darjeeling.
Right now, the zoo is waiting for the permission from Central Zoo Authority to bring male and female leopards to the park in Kufri.
After this, the park authorities will make them breed.
In 2004, snow leopard Subhash and his sibling Sapna were brought to Kufri, 15 km from the state capital Shimla, from Darjeeling. Unfortunately, Sapna died due to blood disease in 2007.
Also, Subhash was shifted to Darjeeling in 2013 for the ongoing breeding conservation programme.
Presently the zoo contains other wild species such as the wolf, brown and black bear, blue sheep, ibex, Tibetan gazzle, red fox, weasel, marmot, griffon, lammergeyer, golden eagle and snow cock.