Baby snow leopard, Makalu is growing fast and keepers say the seven-week-old cub will soon be on show to the general public.
The youngster, born April 17, is the offspring of five-year-old mum, Nanga, and dad, four-year-old Margaash. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “Makalu is making excellent progress and we hope he will be out in the external enclosure within the next week or so. At the moment he’s staying within the two internal enclosures to bond with mum, but he is gaining confidence daily and we’re all delighted with him.” The cub is named after one of the world’s highest mountains, within the Himalayan range, bordering Nepal and China, where the species originates.
Huge thanks to Steve Weaver for his images of Makalu and mum.