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Everest and Kilimanjaro
are leopards. Everest was born in a zoo in the States, somewhere
in the West. Separated from his mother at an early age, he soon escaped
from captivity and made his way to the Bay Area, where he met Kilimanjaro.
Kilimanjaro was born in Tanzania in the Serengeti National Park, but escaped
with his parents to seek asylum in India. After a brief stay, the
family spent the next year on the move, spending short periods in Indonesia,
Tahiti, and Mexico before settling in California. Kilimanjaro struck
out on his own and was living in the Bay Area when he met Everest.
Who are Everest and Kilimanjaro?
Their history since
that fateful meeting is familar to any reader of Newsweek, Time, or People
-- the first public appearances, the charity concert in Monterey, the multi-platinum
album, the short-lived TV series, the wrongful death lawsuit filed by CAA,
the acquittal, the confessional interview with Barbara Walters, the biography,
and, most recently, the comeback tour. For further information, refer
to the CNN archives under "maulings".
For security and legal
reasons, their current home cannot be revealed. They have lived in
the Bay Area and in Boston, and have traveled extensively domestically
Where do Everest and Kilimanjaro live?
Due to the sparse record
keeping in Africa, Kilimanjaro's exact age and birthdate are unknown.
He estimates his age as approximately 5, although physical examination
has led physicians to believe this might be a slight underestimate.
Everest was born in a zoo, but refuses to state where or when to avoid
recapture. Physical examination has led physicians to believe that
he is somewhere between 5 and 7.
How old are Everest and Kilimanjaro?
Everest is a clouded leopard,
characterized by darker fur tones and brown spots. Kilimanjaro is
a snow leopard, characterized by white fur and black spots. (insert
big cats web links here)
What species of leopard are Everest and Kilimanjaro?
Sudden celebrity is a
burden for any species, but leopards are particularly affected due to their
solitary, nocturnal nature. The constant media attention has cut
into their much-needed afternoon naps, and speculation in the press regarding
mysterious disappearances have caused them intense distress. On the
other hand, they are glad to have this opportunity to bring the public's
attention to the plight of the modern urban leopard.
How have their lives changed since their sudden fame?
No. They are just
Any truth to the rumors about Everest and Nala?
Everest and Kilimanjaro
stand for as little as possible. They do, however, support the United
Leopard College Fund, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Furred
Creatures, and their own charitable foundation, Free the Cats.
Captivity of Leopards
Awareness Week. Each year, demonstrations are held in major zoos
across the country and across the world demanding the release of captive
large cats. CLAW is the first week in May. To support this
marvelous cause, please call your local organizing committee or the Free
the Cats national offices in Boston.
What do Everest and Kilimanjaro stand for? What causes
do they support?
Like all leopards, Everest
and Kilimanjaro enjoy pouncing, napping, eating, stalking and rending.
Given the freedom of the modern urban environment, they have been able
to explore museums, shopping centers, public transportation, and television
to supplement both their diet and their entertainment options.
What do Everest and Kilimanjaro do for fun?
Most of their income is
provided through the foundation to support their valuable work in bringing
awareness to the plight of the modern urban leopard and the many large
cats still in captivity. Proceeds from hunting expeditions supplement
the foundation's meagre coffers, as do speaking engagements and promotional
appearances. They also are occasionally seen lurking near ATMs.
How do Everest and Kilimanjaro support themselves?
As public figures, Everest
and Kilimanjaro feel it is necessary to have a presence on the Web, to
allow their fans and admirers more access to them in this informal environment.
This can serve to bring more awareness to their charitable causes, and
provide a gathering place for modern urban leopards to share their experiences.
What is the purpose of the Leopard Spot?
can be sent to Free the Cats. Contributions of non-cash goods or
meat can be dropped off at midnight under the tallest tree in the Boston
Common. Don't worry about the burnt-out streetlight, it's perfectly
safe. You may want to wait for a few minutes by the tree to ensure
that your donation is secure.
How can I contribute to the valuable work of Everest and