Two mountain lion kittens | Photo courtesy EP Zoo
Monday afternoon, the El Paso Zoo announced the arrival of two mountain lion kittens at the facility.
The female kitten arrived as a transfer from the Idaho Fish and Game Reserve and the male kitten arrived as a transfer from the Oakland Zoo.
The female kitten was one of three kittens rescued by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Officials were unable to locate the kittens’ mother. Veterinarians checked all three kittens and placed them in accredited zoos; one at the El Paso Zoo and the other two in San Diego, California.
The male kitten was also one of three kittens found by a resident in Somerset, California. The Oakland Zoo took in the kittens; however, only the male kitten survived.
Zookeepers are working closely with both kittens to help them settle into their new home while introducing them to one another.
“We are happy to provide a lifelong home for these two kittens,” said El Paso Zoo Collections Supervisor Tammy Sundquist. “It’s already apparent how much the male likes his new sister from the way he follows her and chirps a friendly mountain lion sound at her, especially when she is out of his view.”
The Puma Species Survival Plan works closely with many institutions in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, such as The El Paso Zoo and The Oakland Zoo, to help save mountain lions
The El Paso Zoo remains closed to the public until further notice.
The El Paso Zoo is offering “Sofa Safari” which gives the public a chance to virtually meet a zoo animal and ask the zookeeper questions about the amazing creatures they care every weekday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on its Facebook page.