Snow days make for some of our favorite photo ops at the zoo. A fresh coat seems to get the snow leopards leaping, the red pandas posing, and the penguins parading. Check out some of our favorite wintry moments from the past few years.
Use the hashtag #zoosnowday and tag us in some of the best candid moments you've caught on camera.
1. Grizzlies take a moment to inspect the snow
2. A pair of Magellanic penguins traverse the snowy terrain
In the wild, these birds face serious threats, including habitat loss and climate change. WCS has worked to save them since 1982.
3. Snow seems to bring out the playful side of snow leopards
Snow leopards have long been endangered in the wild. WCS is working to preserve their habitat in six countries. At our facilities, we've now produced over 70 cubs as part of the species survival program.
4. The snowy owl has a way of nearly disappearing
5. Snowfall means white beards for the bison
We think it makes them look even more majestic. WCS has a long history with these wooly mammals (so we're a bit biased), but we think the American bison should be the U.S.'s National Mammal. Sign our petition if you agree!
6. A few flakes make this squirrel's pose even more striking
7. Caught at just the right moment, a red panda making the most of the flurries
8. Few things are cuter than a sea lion pup with a snow beard
9. A blanket of white causes a tiger's stripes stand out
To keep these beautiful big cats around for the long haul, WCS works to conserve tigers in 8 of their 11 remaining range states in Asia.
10. A graceful black-necked crane in the perfect pose
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