Mountain Lion Cubs Born at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park!
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is excited to announce the birth of two Mountain Lion Cubs! Visitors can come out and view these native newborns on display inside Wildlife World’s Baby Animal Nursery.
Wildlife World’s expert hand raising and veterinarian team has reared dozens of diverse species, including rare and endangered felines such as ocelots, jaguars, and tigers. And, now they are raising the mountain lion cubs! The cubs require around-the-clock care. They are still bottle fed, but over the next few weeks meat will slowly be introduced into their diet.
Unlike the typical buff colored adults, baby mountain lions are camouflaged with dark spots that fade during their first year. Female mountain lions weigh an average of 100 pounds. Male mountain lions grow significantly larger, weighing up to 180 pounds. Unlike the African lion, the mountain lion is a solitary creature, excluding breeding season — males do not play an active role in rearing the young.
Mountain lions are some of the most adaptable animals in the Western Hemisphere. They are able to adapt to almost any type of habitat from desert scrub, to swamps and grasslands, to mountain forest. Historically, mountain lions could be found anywhere from the east coast to the west coast and as north as Alaska and south as the southern tip of South America. However, due to the rapid growth of modernization during the past century, there has been significant habit loss and a decline in prey. This has caused the mountain lion population to dramatically decrease. Other than a small mountain lion population found in Florida, this large predator was nearly eliminated from the eastern United States.
Due to the mountain lions diversity, local names for the mountain lion vary depending on the region they are in. In the English language, the Mountain Lion is known by over 40 different names, such as the puma, cougar, and panther.
Given the declining population and elusive nature of these large predators, visiting the mountain lion cubs at Wildlife World is a great way for guests and school children to learn the importance of maintaining a healthy ecosystem and to learn about the wildlife that can be found in our own backyards!
With more than 600 species & 6000 animals on display, there are always new arrivals at Wildlife World! Other babies on display include Austin, the reticulated giraffe, Arizona’s first marine mammal, Sunny the Sea Lion, black swans, javelina, wallaby, several hoofed animal species, including llamas, gazelle, African blue duikers, and oryx, a variety of primate species, and other youngsters throughout the 100-acre park.
Wildlife World’s keepers and veterinarians have raised dozens of species of wild and endangered animals over the past quarter century and strives to maximize genetic diversity in the zoological population with their breeding programs. As an USDA licensed, private institution, accredited by the Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks & Aquariums (AMMPA), Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park receives zero taxpayer funding. No tax dollars have ever been spent to build or operate Wildlife World in its 33-year history.
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park is located at 16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ (SE corner of State Route 303 and Northern Ave.) Open seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays. Zoo exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (last zoo admission is at 4:30 p.m.) Aquarium exhibits are open from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Admission includes access to the Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park.
For more info: (623) 935-WILD (9453) or visit Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ZooWildlife, and www.WildlifeWorld.com