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 snow leopard

Snow leopards are well adapted for winter conditions as their fur keeps them well insulated in cold weather. They also have wide, fur-covered feet that act as natural snowshoes by helping to distribute their weight over soft snow. Snow leopards are also very agile, as their short forelimbs and long hind legs allow them to navigate steep and rugged terrain with ease. In addition, their fur also provides great camouflage making these elusive animals hard to spot in the wild.  

The new Snow Leopard Exhibit is located in the Nutrien Ark at the Zoo. Look for Kazi up on the wooden structure in his exhibit, it's one of his favourite spots!

Get to know Kazi the Snow Leopard

Who's at the Zoo?

Animal Collection

Black-tailed Prairie Dogs 
Blue-tongued Skinks
Brown Bears 
Fallow Deer 
Fire-bellied Toad 
Garter Snake 
Goeldi's Monkeys 
Hermann's Tortoise 
Mouflon Sheep 
Mountain Goat 
Poison Dart Frogs
Pygmy Goats 
Royal Python
Snow Leopard
Wapiti (Elk)
White-tailed Deer 

Animals currently off exhibit
African Pygmy Hedgehog 
Bald Eagle 
Barn Owl
Bearded Dragon 
Corn Snake 
Domestic rabbit 
Great Horned Owl
Red-tailed Hawk
Schneider's Skink
Snowy Owl  
Tokay Gecko 
Tiger Salamanders (Western)

Some animals are currently off exhibit due to the closure of the Kinsmen Children's Zoo. All bird species have been relocated to protect them from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The birds are not expected to return until 90 days following the last confirmed case of HPAI in Saskatchewan.

Planning a trip to the Zoo? Find out where your favourite animals are located on our  Zoo map.

​Nutrien Ark

Visit the Nutrien Ark feature animals Buddy the Grey Wolf and Kazi the Snow Leopard.  This special exhibit allows the Zoo to house animals never seen before in Saskatoon.

Nutrien Ark Exhibit Guests

  • Wolf & Snow Leopard (2021-)
  • Wolf & Cougar (2017 - 2021)
  • Red Panda & Cougars (2014-2017)
  • Ruffed Lemurs & Cougars (2013)
  • African Lions (2009-12)
  • White Bengal Tigers (2007-08)
  • Orange Bengal Tiger (2006-07)
  • Snow Leopards (2004-05)

Kinsmen Bear Exhibit

If you catch them on the right day, you may see grizzly bears Koda and Mistaya wrestling, digging or playing in their pond at the Kinsmen Bear Exhibit. The enclosure has been home to the pair since 2008. These massive mammals are a species at risk, and their home at the Zoo is thanks to the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon.

Mistaya is the sole surviving cub from Bear 66 who died in Banff National Park in 2005. He stayed in the wild until it became clear that he could not survive without intervention. Koda was an orphaned cub from the Jasper area who was rescued and nurtured by zookeepers at the Edmonton Valley Zoo. The cubs were paired at the Calgary Zoo and later transferred to their permanent home in Saskatoon.

Kinsmen Children's Zoo

You never know what Goeldi's monkeys might be up to, but it is usually something pretty entertaining! The Kinsmen’s Children’s Zoo is also home to our pygmy goats. This exhibit gives visitors an up-close look at a variety of animals and is a big hit with visitors young and old.


Kinsmen Express II Train 

Guided Zoo Tours 

Learn about some of the wild and wonderful animals at the Zoo from a trained tour guide while you ride in comfort on the wheelchair-accessible Kinsmen Express II.  Tours run from May to Labour Day each year. 

Affinity Learning Centre

Located beside the main administration building in the Forestry Farm Park, the Affinity Learning Centre is home to a variety of reptiles and amphibians including poison dart frogs, snakes, cichlids and more! The Saskatoon Zoo Society also hosts a variety of Zoo Camps and other edZOOcational activities in the Affinity Learning Centre learn more about available programming at

Toys and Enrichment Items for Zoo Animals

Our Zookeepers have carefully crafted a list of toys and enrichment items to engage and delight the animals living at the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo. If you would like to help by purchasing a gift for one of our animals check out the items on our Amazon Wish List. Gifts purchased will be mailed directly to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo and distributed to the appropriate animals by our amazing Zookeepers.

Looking to support local? There are many local businesses that have items our team would love to provide for our animals, consider purchasing a gift card or email for more information.  

Thank you for helping us take care of the animals at the Zoo.