Our Top 10 Snowy Moments

January 21, 2016

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

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



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.

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



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.

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



4. The snowy owl has a way of nearly disappearing

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



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!

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



6. A few flakes make this squirrel's pose even more striking

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



7. Caught at just the right moment, a red panda making the most of the flurries

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



8. Few things are cuter than a sea lion pup with a snow beard

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



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.

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS



10. A graceful black-necked crane in the perfect pose

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Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher©WCS

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