“These occurrences are more common than they should be,” Woodyer added. “Zoos claim to provide safe and enriching environments for animals, and they claim to be providing educational and conservation value. This incident highlights that they are failing miserably on all fronts.”
There are only around 5,000 snow leopards left in the wild today, as the big cats grow more and more threatened by poaching and habitat loss. Although many zoos claim to help these animals in the wild, most spend more money on displaying them in captivity, Woodyer said.