Meet Sameera! Snow leopard cub at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo finally has a name

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CLEVELAND – Meet little Sameera!

The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo recently announced that a snow leopard cub was born and now she finally has a name!

After weeks of voting, the name Sameera was selected.

Sameera is Afghan for the female meaning ‘fair lady.’

The cub’s parents, Sombra and Amga, welcomed her on May 5.  She only weighed 350 grams.

Executive Director Dr. Christopher Kuhar says the cub has been snuggling up with her mom in a special indoor space that mimics what their den would look like in the wild.  Eventually, the cold-adapted animals will move to an outdoor exhibit, where they’ll have plenty of space to roam around.

This is the 15th snow leopard cub to have been born at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. According to Dr. Kuhar, there are only about 7,000 of these cats left in the wild, which is why the zoo has done so much toward conservation efforts.

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