Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard Exhibit

Meet big cats in the big city. A rugged evergreen habitat, complete with a rocky waterfall, replicates the critically endangered snow leopard’s home below the tree line in the mountains of Central Asia.

What to See and Do


Go nose-to-nose with big cats.
See the snow leopards from two lookouts, one behind glass and another through a mesh panel. Our two curious cubs, which we welcomed in 2013, will enjoy checking you out, too!

Watch snow leopard acrobatics.
These graceful cats like to pounce and play on the rocks and deadfall in their exhibit. No wonder, since in the wild, they are known to leap 20–50 feet when chasing speedy prey!

Look for creature comforts.
The exhibit’s “hot rocks” act like seat warmers to keep the cats comfy in winter. Shallow caves and trees offer shade in summer; fog and a waterfall also provide natural "air conditioning."


Saving Snow Leopards

From Central Park to Central Asia, WCS is a world leader in the care and conservation of snow leopards. In 1903, the Bronx Zoo became the first zoo in the Western Hemisphere to exhibit these rare spotted cats. Today, the Bronx and Central Park Zoos are home to the most important collection of snow leopards in North America.
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