Milwaukee County Zoo's new snow leopard cub 'Milja' makes public debut

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Updated: Sept. 30, 2020

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milja, Milwaukee County Zoo's baby snow leopard, made her public debut Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Milja joined her mother, Oyra, in the outdoor habitat Big Cat Country at 9 a.m. Wednesday. She will be out the rest of the day.

The Milwaukee County Zoo says Milja currently weights 20 pounds, and keepers report she’s both fluffy and feisty!

Below are photos from July and August of Milja. 


Updated: Sept. 29, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Millja, Milwaukee County Zoo's baby snow leopard, will make her public debut on Wednesday, Sept. 30. 

Milja will join her mother, Oyra, in the outdoor habitat Big Cat Country.

The Milwaukee County Zoo says Milja currently weights 20 pounds, and keepers report she’s both fluffy and feisty!


Published: Aug. 4, 2020 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Introducing Milja! Milwaukee County Zoo's snow leopard cub, born May 11, now has a name! 

According to a news release, thanks to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, who was instrumental in bringing both mother, Orya, and father Asa, to the Zoo, has chosen the name Milja (MEE-lah) for the cub.


The name Milja honors the cub’s grandmother, Dshamilja (a wild-born snow leopard), and the importance of her genetic lines. The Zoo says this genetic diversity has been passed along to Milja, which makes her a valuable snow leopard, and an ambassador for her wild counterparts.

Though Milja is not yet on public exhibit, the Zoo shared new photos of the cub Tuesday, Aug. 4. 

Welcome to the Zoo family Milja!

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