Snow leopards arrive at the Binghamton Zoo

By Matt Porter

Snow leopards arrive at the Binghamton Zoo

May 2, 2014 Updated May 2, 2014 at 5:25 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Two young snow leopards arrive in the Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park as part of a program to help save the endangered species.

There's a male and female, and executive director Steve Contento said the zoo hopes to breed the two as part of a species survival plan to help save the critically endangered animal.

"Roughly 150 zoos are collaborating with under 2,000 snow leopards in captivity," Contento said, "So there is a very serious effort to not only keep their animals in their wild habitat, but also maintain the genetic diversity and breed them in captivity too."

The two, Ace and Kushar, are being kept separate while each gets used to their new home.

It will take a few years before keepers know if the pair will be compatible for breeding.

The zoo said adding the pair is all part of its 're-ZOO-venation' and visitors can expect continued changes throughout the summer season.

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