News Release

November 9, 2018
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
Amur Leopard Cubs Enjoy Chicago’s First Snowfall
Photos/Captions—credit Kelly Tone/Chicago Zoological Society

4648.jpg and 4750.jpg: Samson, a 7-month-old Amur leopard at Brookfield Zoo, enjoying his first snowfall.
4663.jpg, 4668.jpg, and 4686.jpg: Jilin (pronounced GEE-lin), a 7-month-old Amur leopard at Brookfield Zoo, enjoying his first snowfall.
            Brookfield, Ill. — Today, there were probably many people in the Midwest who were not too happy about the first snowfall of the season. However, two Amur leopard cubs, named Samson and Jilin (pronounced GEE-lin), at Brookfield Zoo did not seem to mind. In fact, they appeared quite curious about the white flakes because it was the first time they have seen snow. Although there was not any accumulation, the cubs, who were born on April 18 and now each weigh about 50 pounds, will surely enjoy playing in more anticipated snow this upcoming season.

Guest can venture out this winter to see the cubs and many of Brookfield Zoo’s other cold-hardy animals. Admission to the zoo is free on Tuesdays and Thursdays in November and December and on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in January and February. (A parking fee still applies.)

Amur leopards are the northernmost subspecies of leopard in the world and are found only in one isolated population in the Russian Far East, although there may be a few individuals in the Jilin Province of northeast China. The biggest threats to these solitary endangered animals are poaching; retribution hunting; a decrease in their habitat from fires, logging, and human settlement; and a decline in their prey.
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About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. Open every day of the year, the zoo is located at 8400 31stStreet in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and is also accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
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