Akron Zoo mourns the death of its beloved snow leopard

AKRON, Ohio (WJW) – Akron Zoo imourning the loss of the female snow leopard.

According to a Facebook post, Shanti’s health had deteriorated over the past few days and her care team had to make the difficult decision to die for her on Tuesday.

In July, Shanti was diagnosed with chronic heart and kidney disease. Since then, her care has shifted to palliative care with a focus on providing her with the best quality of life and as comfortable as possible as she nears the end of life.

Shanti was born in 2008 at Binder Park Zoo in Michigan and moved to Akron Zoo a year later.

During her time at the zoo, she welcomed eight snow leopars – Raj and Sabu in 2012, Malaya and Makalu in 2014, Altai, Layan and Asha in 2016 and Baya in 2019. She was also nicknamed. is the ‘mother of the Akron Zoo. ‘

The average life span of a snow leopard is 15 years. “Shanti is a great cat to work with,” said Mark Schneider, principal carnivore manager. “She was the most amazing mom and she really enjoyed interacting with our keepers. It is an honor to be a part of her journey.” Akron Zoo mourns the death of its beloved snow leopard


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