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Post  whitestarling on Thu Jul 16, 2015 11:43 am

That's a lovely Snow Leopard CC really great to see such a magnificent creature
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Post  Cremecat on Thu Jul 16, 2015 2:08 pm

There is also a webcam inside the snowies'enclosure. It covers 25 % of the enclosure where Valma and the cubs are.

Here is the link: https://elisa.fi/vahtilive/?camera=korkeasaari2

In you do not see any leopards at the moment, you can scroll 24 h backwards. Laughing

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Post  whitestarling on Thu Jul 16, 2015 5:57 pm

Thanks CC will check that out

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Jul 17, 2015 7:18 pm

Thanks for the link CC

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Post  Cremecat on Mon Aug 03, 2015 12:43 pm

You know how difficult it can be to get a picture where the whole snowie family is together, and even staying still!

One lucky day last week that happened...



Well they ARE still, aren't they? Very Happy

This was taken from the upper corner of their enclosure through bushes; down at the window you could see only five furry tails hanging down.

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Post  Laikipia on Mon Aug 03, 2015 2:42 pm

http://i73.servimg.c CC well done for getting a photo and thanks for sharing, they really are so beautiful.

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Post  littlewid on Mon Aug 03, 2015 10:12 pm

HI CC
I have just been catching up on your postings.....so many gorgeous photo's I have missed out on, they are absolutely beautiful and also thanks to sst for her pictures as well.......did you ever get to meet up at the zoo?

Last week I went to Port Lympne Wildlife park, its part of the Aspinal Foundation. Well they have a pair of breeding snowies there but unfortunately we didn't get to see them at all. In their lovely enclosure they have two houses and it would appear thats where they spent the day which was a shame but they must have been happily snoozing together. We are planning on going back soon so hopefully I will be able to add some pictures to this thread but for now your pictures are just stunning and that last one is amazing.

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Post  Cremecat on Wed Aug 19, 2015 1:05 pm

Thank you Littlewid and Lai

I am afraid I never met sst, maybe we have been there at the same time but we do not recognize each other.

Don't get me wrong, I really love summer (especially now when we have warm and sunny also in Finland), but I really look forward to the autumn and winter! The big cats are so much more active then, and the light is better for taking pictures.

This is unfortunately the most common sight at the zoo on a warm summer day:



(Valma relaxing after haveing slept the whole day Razz )

Littlewid, how was Port Lympne? I have heard that it is one of the best... Where can I see your photos?

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Post  Laikipia on Thu Aug 20, 2015 7:51 am

It's still a gorgeous photo of Valma CC Laughing

Thanks for sharing and for the update. I am a spring, summer and autumn person, winter it is dark and I love the daylight

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Post  whitestarling on Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:27 pm

Cats are all the same Tigers Lions leopards even our on domestic cats give them a full tummy ans some warmth abd they turn into flat cats lol! Great pic CC

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Post  littlewid on Sun Aug 23, 2015 10:46 pm

Very Happy she looks as though she is sleeping off her sunday lunch bless her I love you it is still a lovely picture but I know what you mean CC when they are active you do get photos that show their personality.

The Snowies at Port Lympne were definitely in hiding and hopefully making baby Snowies bounce my Port Lympne photos are in WAA CameraClub. Lots of people pics and some ok animal pics. It is an amazing place CC and they have worked so hard to ensure it really reflects the natural habitat of each animal. My photos definitely do not do it justice so you will have to take my word for it being simply amazing.

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Post  Cremecat on Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:12 am

Come and play with me! Anyone?



Or with me?



LW, I saw you pictures and story from your visit to Port Lympne: the place sounds like a paradise among zoos! The tigers enclosure seems to be very impressive! Very Happy
I am sorry that the snowies totally ignored you.  Rolling Eyes  Better luck next time!

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Post  littlewid on Sun Sep 13, 2015 6:25 pm

Such beautiful photo's CC, They are both adorable aren't they and luck or friendship always seems to be on your side which is lovely Very Happy

Port Lympne is an amazing place..... very un zoo like which is wonderful. When we went the Snowies were at thetime when they were hoping to Increase their family so I'm not surprised we didn't get to see them. The enclosure was just so right for privacy and they have two houses high up and they were I believe in one of them together. One of my consultants went two weekes ago and I must ask him if they were lucky enough to see them and get any photos, he and his wife and children are animal mad and they went on my recomendation and they thought the place was excellent. Fingers crossed next time I go I will see Mr &Mrs Snowie.

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:40 pm

Great photos CC it really does look as though they are saying come play with me

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Post  Laikipia on Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:11 am

CC - lovely photos.

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Post  sst on Thu Feb 04, 2016 9:21 pm

Just for a change I visited Korkeasaari in the winter to get some snow into snow leopard pictures.

At almost 2 years old the cubs are pretty fully grown. They don't seem to mind the snow or the cold, but they do like to sleep together. Which is of course what they mostly do.

One of the four cubs has already left korkeasaari (to Saltzburg) and according to the zoo website the other three are also leaving this spring (to USA and France).

Below is one picture and there are a few additional winter pictures here: http://s40.photobucket.com/user/s-s-t-/library/



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Post  Laikipia on Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:17 pm

Thanks for sharing, I love all the photos of the snow leopards. They are such beautiful cats.

It's amazing where they are all going to.

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Post  whitestarling on Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:52 am

WOW ss that is a beautiful photo Top Marks. Lovely to see all the other pics to, you just cant help loving Snow Leopards. That's made my day
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Post  littlewid on Tue Feb 09, 2016 4:55 pm

Hi sst

Thank you soooooo much for coming back on and sharing all those wonderful photo's I love you You really do take an excellent photo, they are captivating and how fantastic to see Snow Leopards in the snow

For me, Snow Leopards are my favourite Leopard, so seeing those today made my heart go bump I love you and i'm a little envious if i'm truly honest and I imagine it will be hard for you when they have all gone, the cubs are simply adorable. We know why they have to move on but it's still a shame.....are they planning on breeding more do you know?

Again, thank you so much and don't be a stranger with your gorgeous photo's......you brighten our day sunny

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Post  sst on Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:37 am

It's a bit sad to see them go, but on the other hand that hopefully makes space for new cubs. I don't know for a fact, but I'd assume they'd be breeding again once the cubs have left. At least the parents (Erkhet and Valma) are still at the zoo.

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Post  Laikipia on Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:35 am

Hello SST I am sure you are right, the cubs have to move to different zoos to stop in-breeding and to increase the gene pool.  Also as you say it allows the parents to breed again.

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Post  whitestarling on Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:22 pm

Yes it must be sad to see them go as you've been watching them since they were born, but as you say they do have to move unfortunately. I really think it's time the Zoos or some organisation to look at forming a release programme for these Snow Leopards, I appreciate it would be difficult, certainly not as easy as with Lions who can be released into big protected gave reserves, give the territory that these Leopards live in. But it has been done with Tigers, and even Amur Tigers so it should be possible

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Post  littlewid on Sun Feb 14, 2016 6:16 pm

You are right sst, at least Erkhet and Valma will still be there and it would be lovely if they did have more cubs I love you

That's an interesting point WS, a release program would be good and it has been done before for other big cats......I wonder if there is a reason as to why it has never been done scratch

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