The Philadelphia Zoo welcomes the arrival of two orphaned puma cubs. The Philadelphia Zoo’s new puma cubs are super adorable.
New puma cubs, one male, and one female, got rescued in Kalama, Washington this summer. They received care from Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife experts before they arrived in Philadelphia. The cubs live behind the scenes inside the Zoo’s on-site Animal Hospital as they complete their quarantine before moving to Big Cat Falls.
They will NOT be on exhibit or visible to the public until later this summer or early fall. More information about their public debut will come in the next few weeks. We can’t wait to see them, though.
The cubs’ names are Elbroch and Olympia. The male is Elbroch (pronounced el-brock) in honor of Mark Elbroch, the leading puma researcher for Panthera, a conservation organization. The female is Olympia, after the state capital of Washington, where the cubs came from. You can tell the two apart by their size. Elbroch is a little bit bigger than his sister Olympia.
Pumas live across North and South America from Alaska to Chile. Other names for them include cougar, mountain lion, and panther.
They are not the first orphaned pumas at the Zoo. In 2005, cubs Dakota, Sage, and Cinnabar came to the Zoo after being orphaned in South Dakota.
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