Himalayan Highlands

Explore the high passes and remote mountaintops of Nepal that are home to endangered snow leopards, red pandas, and white-naped cranes. A winding path leads you around boulders, under cave ledges, and across bridges spanning ravines.

What to See and Do

Spot rare cats.
Get rare views of the elusive snow leopard perching on boulders and prowling a woodland. Keep your eye out for cubs!

Tip-toe up to a red panda.
These mammals spend much of their day napping in trees, and are most active at dusk and dawn. They were the first animals to be called “panda.”

Stretch out your neck to greet white-naped cranes.
Visit these natives of Asia’s wetlands on their Bronx pond.

Admire Asian plants…
Along your Himalayan trail, look for bamboo, paperback maples, beautyberries, and other Asian trees.

…and Asian art.
A Tibetan monk was commissioned to decorate the graphic pylons scattered throughout this award-winning exhibit.

Saving Snow Leopards

In 1903, the Bronx Zoo became the first zoo in the Western Hemisphere to exhibit these big cats. Nearly 80 cubs have been born at the Zoo over three decades as part of the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program. Many of the offspring have been sent to live at zoos across the U.S. and beyond. Today, Wildlife Conservation Society field scientists are working with colleagues in the mountains of Central Asia to identify the sites across the cat’s remaining range that are most critical for its survival.

A tour of the Bronx Zoo's big cats isn't complete unless you see the tiger enrichment program at Tiger Mountain!