Can you see them? Zoo challenges eagle-eyed animal lovers to find perfectly camouflaged snow leopards hidden among rocks
- Five Sisters Zoo has asked animal lovers to spot camouflaged snow leopards
- Zoo staff have described the challenge as ‘expert level’
- Snow leopards are known as one of the world’s most elusive cats
A Scottish zoo has challenged viewers to spot one of their six-foot snow leopards expertly hiding in their outdoor enclosure.
Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder, West Lothian, shared a photo over Easter weekend asking animal lovers if they could see Nela camouflaged next to the rocks.
Zoo staff described the challenge as ‘expert level’ because of how well the snow leopard was hidden among the rocks and bushes.
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One of their challenges from March last year. A Scottish zoo has challenged viewers to spot one of their six-foot snow leopards expertly hiding in their outdoor enclosure
The majestic animal managed to blend in perfectly with its surroundings, making it extremely difficult for viewers to see
The majestic animal managed to blend in perfectly with its surroundings, making it extremely difficult for viewers to see.
Many social media users are baffled by the image – some people even asked the zoo if the challenge was actually a late-April Fools joke.
Snow leopards are known as one of the world’s most elusive cats and are nearly impossible to spot in the wild.
Five Sisters Zoo shared the photo on Facebook on Friday, April 2, writing: ‘Starting the Easter weekend with everyone’s favorite game – find the snow leopard.
“Difficulty – expert.”
They later added, “No spoilers, we’ll reveal the answer this afternoon.”
Hundreds of zoo fans commented on the photo, and many of them failed.
Five Sisters Zoo shares the photo on Facebook on Friday, April 2: ‘Starting the Easter weekend with everyone’s favorite game – spot the snow leopard’
Jillian Patton wrote: ‘Are you sure you have a snow leopard! I can never find it.
“I’m starting to think you just applied and you have one!”
Ray Favorite commented, “I’m totally unable to locate this creature.”
Rhona Dunn said, “It’s a myth! I’ve never seen this snow leopard you say you have. ‘
Donna Campbell wrote, ‘Is this an April Fools a day late because I can’t see it?’
Anderson Ashlee added, “Can anyone message me with the answer as I’m having anger issues with this ?!”
And Michelle Plenderleith joked, “I wish I could hide from the kids as well.”
The zoo finally released their Facebook followers from their misery later that day, revealing how the snow leopard was in the top right corner of the image.
This isn’t the first time Five Sisters Zoo has baffled their followers with photos of their snow leopards – Nela and Aruna – expertly hiding.
In October 2019, seven months after the snow leopards arrived at the zoo, staff shared another near-impossible photo of the duo.
Dozens of followers could not find the photographed pair as they hid in the rocky grounds of the Scottish Zoo.
And in March last year, the popular Scottish zoo again stumbled social media users when they urged them to spot one of the elusive animals hidden in the rocky caves.
Before being rescued by Five Sisters, the snow leopards lived in a Belgian rescue center after being rescued from a private trader who tried to smuggle them across the Russian border.
Responsible for relocating many ex-circus animals, the zoo has raised nearly £ 5,000 to build an enclosure for the snow leopards.
Five Sisters Zoo today opened their brand new garden center in an effort to raise additional money to support the wildlife sanctuary.
Native to Central and South Asia, snow leopards are notoriously shy and difficult to spot in the wild.
They are listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List with an estimated world population of less than 10,000 adult individuals.
Their numbers are expected to decline by about 10% by 2040.