The Greater Milwaukee Foundation is celebrating 100 years of service in 2015 by providing the public with unique experiences that showcase the people, places and opportunities that make our community special. These centennial Gifts to the Community are made possible through our donors’ legacy of generosity and the Foundation’s enduring partnerships with nonprofits throughout the region. A new Gift to the Community will be announced each month, emphasizing access and demonstrating appreciation for the remarkable resources greater Milwaukee has to offer.

July Gift to the Community 

ZS-Snow-leopard-06-15-resized.jpgFor its July centennial Gift to the Community, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation is helping the Milwaukee County Zoo add two snow leopards to its animal collection. The Zoo’s 1-year-old snow leopard cub, Sossy, died unexpectedly on June 5, leaving only Sossy’s mother, adult female Tomiris. The Zoo plans to acquire a male and a female snow leopard with the Foundation’s gift. The new snow leopards will be imported from Europe, which will add new genetics to the American population, benefitting the survival of the species.

When will the snow leopards arrive?
There is no certain timeline for the animals’ arrival due to variables related to securing permits, transportation and health requirements. Check back for updates.

Snow-Leopard-Exhibit-250.jpgAbout snow leopards
Snow leopards are endangered in the wild. These large felines are highly specialized for cold mountainous habitats. They have long tails for balance and warmth, wide foot pads designed to help with grip in the snow and extra-long thick coats. Snow leopards also have some distinct head features (small ears, short muzzle, and domed forehead with large nasal cavities) to minimize heat loss and allow them to thrive in cold, thin mountain air.

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Milwaukee County Zoo

ZOO_LOGO_200.jpgSince its beginning in 1892 the Zoo has promoted the appreciation of all animals and supports the conservation of their diverse habitats. The Zoo has and continues to be a leader in animal management, conservation and research. It provides a wholesome, recreational environment for visitors young and old. It is where nature and wonder meet.

Zoological Society of Milwaukee

SOCIETY_LOGO_color_sized.jpgThe Zoological Society of Milwaukee was established in 1910 as an informal group of community leaders who bought animals and raised funds for the Zoo. Today is it is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to take part in conserving wildlife and endangered species, to educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and to support the Milwaukee County Zoo.