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Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,

June 30, 2020


Amur Leopard Cub Ready to Meet Guests at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield, Ill. – When Brookfield Zoo reopens to guests—July 1 to members and July 8 to the general public—they will be able to see some animals who made their debuts via social media while the zoo was temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes, Sasha, an Amur leopard, born on March 3. Since his birth, the nearly 4-month-old cub has been behind the scenes bonding with his mom, Lisa.

While getting acclimated to his outdoor habitat, beginning July 3, Sasha will 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.

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

Sasha is Lisa’s fourth cub. When the two aren’t outside, guests will be able to see Samson, one of her offspring born in 2018.

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.

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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. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit

Photo Captions—credit: Jim Schulz/Chicago Zoological Society

1456 and 1534: Sasha, an Amur leopard cub at Brookfield Zoo, can be for a few hours a day while he gets acclimated to his new outdoor habitat.

1458, 1562, and 2144: Sasha, an Amur leopard cub, with his mom Lisa at Brookfield Zoo. The nearly 4-month-old cub is making his public debut to guests when the zoo reopens.


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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