On May 19th, two rare snow leopard cubs were born at the Cape May County Zoo. Sadly, the Zoo announced on Facebook that one of the cubs, Zara, passed away.

The two female snow leopard cubs were introduced at the Cape May County Zoo as part of an event, including a naming contest organized by zoo officials, to present them to the public. Zara, meaning princess, and Ahana, meaning first rays of light, became fast favorites of the zoo’s visitors.

Zara and her sister Ahana were born to their mother Tysa May 19 at the Cape May County Zoo as part of a national program to help save endangered species.

The Species Survival Plan (SSP) was established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to ensure the survival of specific species. This program includes many species, generally threatened or endangered, which are considered in jeopardy of extinction.

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