MEET MOUNTAIN LION CUBS TOHO, TANKA AND TAWAKONI
The “Mountain Lion Cub Cam” will be live daily with viewing of the cubs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
The mountain lion cubs arrived at the OKC Zoo in late January after being orphaned in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Game officials with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks found the cubs and contacted the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to locate a permanent home for the litter because recovered cubs cannot return to the wild according to South Dakota state protocol. Learning of the cubs’ situation, the Zoo made the decision to provide a forever home for both Toho and Tanka. Tawakoni will be relocating to her permanent home at AZA-accredited Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas later this summer. Until then she will remain with her brothers at Oklahoma Trails.
Toho means “cougar god”
Tanka is derived from Wakan Tanka meaning “great spirit” in the Lakota language
Tawakoni is inspired by the Wichita tribe whose name means “river bend among red sand hills”
The OKC Zoo’s new webcam provides a purr-fect opportunity for virtual guests to get a live look at the cubs and stay connected with them as they grow. After completing a 30-day quarantine at the Zoo’s Joan Kirkpatrick Hospital, the cubs moved to Oklahoma Trails where they can be seen daily in the current bobcat habitat. The Zoo’s carnivore caretakers determined the bobcat habitat would be an easier space for the cubs to navigate at this time and cub-proofed the habitat before allowing the adventurous youngsters access. When the siblings are bigger they will “graduate” to the mountain lion habitat. In the meantime, Cody, the Zoo’s bobcat, can be seen daily in the mountain lion habitat.
“Cub Cam” viewers will enjoy watching as the mountain lion cubs become familiar with their new environment and curiously explore it. The rambunctious trio are a sight to see as they investigate all the new smells and sounds around them. Trust us, it will be hard to take your eyes off the screen!