The zoo’s male, Kuzma, who was born at Banham in 2008, was recently ranked as one of the most important males within the breeding programme.
His genes are poorly represented within the captive population so breeding him was considered a high priority. His mate, Sveta, arrived from Lisbon Zoo, Portugal in 2011 and this is their first successful litter together.
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Remaining cold with sunny spells and further scattered rain and sleet showers. Any early snow will become restricted to hills.
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Any remaining wintry showers will ease tonight but it will stay cold and there's a risk of frost and icy patches developing.