Sasha Amur Leopard Cub Explores the Outdoors


Brookfield Zoo reopens on July 1 to members and July 8 to the general public, and when they visit they'll have the chance to see one of the newest arrivals while the zoo was closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sasha, an Amur leopard who was born on March 3, has been spending his time in the den bonding with mom Lisa. However, he's now started emerging from the den and exploring his outdoor habitat.

Sasha is still getting acclimated to his outdoor habitat and, beginning July 3, he'll have access for a few hours each day, weather-permitting. As he gets more accustomed to his new environment, he will be able to stay outside for longer periods of time.

Sasha got his name from members of the Society’s Women’s Board, who won an auction offered in the Chicago Zoological Society’s (CZS) Virtu-Whirl fundraiser, which was held earlier this year. He's also the fourth cub for 9-year-old Lisa. Previous births included Temur (prounced Tee-moor), in 2016 and twin brothers, Jilin (pronounced GEE-lin), and Samson in 2018.

When Lisa and Sasha aren’t outside, guests will be able to see Samson, one of her offspring born in 2018 who recently returned to the zoo.

The Amur leopard is critically endangered with less than 65 animals left in the wild. Threats to the species include poaching; retribution hunting, loss of habitat due to logging and human settlement, and loss of prey. Their entire estimated range is about 965 square miles.

Today, they are only found in one isolated population in the Russian Far East, although there may be a few individuals in the Jilin Province of northeast China. They are the northernmost subspecies of leopard in the world and are often mistaken for snow leopards. Amur leopards live in temperate forests with cold winters and hot summers, and typically rest in trees and dense vegetation or among the rocks during the day.

Those interested in helping care for Sasha at Brookfield Zoo can contribute to the Animal Adoption program. For $35, a recipient receives the Basic Package, which includes a 5-inch x 7-inch color photograph of Sasha, a personalized certificate of adoption, an Amur leopard fact sheet, and an Animal Adoption program decal,. To purchase a package, visit

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Posted: 7/1/2020 11:42:49 AM by Sean Keeley

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