#GivingZooDay, in partnership with #GivingTuesday, is a global day of giving that follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. This day is dedicated to giving back after days of shopping and saving money.
Donating to your
By choosing to donate to your Akron Zoo on #GivingZooDay, you are helping to provide critical funding to allow exceptional care and habitats for all our animals, especially new animals born right here in Akron!
Our female snow leopard, Shanti, gave birth to Baya on April 29.
At Baya’s first veterinary exam at three days old, she was diagnosed with a congenital eye defect called colobomas in both of her eyes. A relatively common defect in snow leopards, multiple ocular colobomas (MOC) can cause abnormalities to parts of the eye, varying in severity and can include the eyelids, iris and optic nerves.
After a few months, the veterinary team, along with ophthalmologist Dr. Emily Conway, determined the best course of action for Baya was to perform a procedure to treat her colobomas. The procedure, performed in August, was successful.
Why Baya is important
It is estimated that only 2,000-4,000 snow leopards are in their native habitats. They are vulnerable to extinction and the birth of Baya was not only special to the Akron Zoo but also her species as a whole. She was one of only nine snow leopard cubs born at zoos in the US this year. We are playing a direct part in animal conservation as we work to expand and stabilize animal populations.
To hear more of Baya's story and how we care for her from before birth to now, make sure to follow @AkronZoo on Facebook on Dec. 3 for #GivingZooDay. Make sure to share the posts with your friends.
How to donate
Because of your contribution, your Akron Zoo can continue to care for endangered animals like Baya. Please consider making a contribution for #GivingZooDay to help support our snow leopards and all the animals that call the Akron Zoo home.
1. Click the link below to donate to our Animal Fund, which supports our animals, via our website and select any amount of your choosing to donate.
2. Donate via Facebook on Dec. 3 by clicking the "Donate" button on our #GivingZooDay posts.
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Thank you for your support for our animals and thank you for helping us care for each and every animal.