The cubs were found in Washington state last week, unable to survive on their own in the wild
Three young mountain lion cubs have found a new home at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after being orphaned in Washington state.
The six-week-old cubs were found in their den last week when the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to a human-wildlife conflict that resulted in the death of the cubs’ mother, according to a press release from the zoo.
The WDFW then worked with a Species Survival Plan coordinator to find a new home for the cubs, who were unable to survive on their own in the wild.
The young lions will now live in the zoo’s Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit.
“We’re excited to provide a home for these young, playful cubs,” Rebecca Zwicker, senior lead keeper of Rocky Mountain Wild, said. “Of course, these situations are bittersweet. We wish we didn’t have to find homes for orphaned cubs, but we’re grateful for our partnerships with the SSP and WDFW, because we can offer the cubs an amazing life of choices, care, and compassion.”