The Cincinnati Zoo recently unveiled two baby cougars, Joseph and Tecumseh, who were born on September 19. The two cubs are currently on display at the zoo’s Children’s Zoo Nursery and will soon join the Cat Ambassador program. For more information and photos, see the Cincinnati Zoo’s Facebook album.
Photo by David Jenike
Cougars are also known as pumas, panthers, and mountain lions. In the wild, they inhabit western North America, a small region in Florida, and most of South America. To learn more about cougars, visit Animal Fact Guide’s article: Cougar.
A female Indian rhino is about to become the first of her species to give birth after conceiving through artificial insemination. The birth will be the reward for eight years of research for Cincinnati Zoo scientist Monica Stoops. For conservationists this birth is an important step in the effort to protect Indian rhino populations.
The Cincinnati Zoo has announced the arrival of three male cheetah cubs. The cubs were bred at the zoo’s cheetah breeding facility, Mast Farm, in Clermont County, Ohio. Two will be transferred to the Columbus Zoo, while the other, Tommy T, will remain at the Cincinnati Zoo in the Cat Ambassador Program. You can follow Tommy T’s everyday activities in the blog, www.cheetahdays.com.
The success of the zoo’s breeding efforts is significant. Cincinnati Zoo has partnered with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in Namibia, Africa, the Columbus Zoo and the De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust in South Africa to preserve the species. The IUCN currently characterizes cheetahs in the wild as vulnerable and in decline mainly due to loss of habitat and fragmentation.