Mountain Lions Live!
Watch the Zoo’s 1-year-old mountain lion brothers, Tanka and Toho, pounce and play every day from the ease of your smartphone, computer or tablet.
In February 2019, the OKC Zoo became home to Tanka, Toho and their sister, Tawakoni, after being rescued as orphans in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Realizing the cubs’ mother was deceased and they were too young to survive on their own, game officials immediately intervened and began providing 24/7 care for the cubs. They also contacted the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to locate a permanent home for the litter because recovered cubs cannot return to the wild according to South Dakota state protocol.
Today, Toho and Tanka thrive side-by-side at the Zoo’s Oklahoma Trails habitat, while their sister, Tawakoni, resides at Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, Texas.
This cam will stream live daily, with optimal viewing from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. When temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher, Toho and Tanka are given exclusive access to their indoor habitats, outside the camera’s field of view.
Mountain Lion Facts
Toho’s name means “cougar god” while Tanka is from Wakan Tanka meaning “great spirit” in the Lakota language.
Mountain lions are known by many names including catamount, cougar, panther or puma.
Native to the Americas, mountain lions once roamed most of the United States including Oklahoma, but now the largest populations inhabit the western U.S.
Mountain lions are excellent climbers and leapers – jumping as far as 40-45 feet into the air!
Impressive in size and strength, mountain lions are apex predators meaning they are not prey to any other animals. These large carnivores are built for hunting and actually help control deer and other animal populations from reaching unhealthy levels.
Adult mountain lions are recognized for their solid tawny coats but cubs are born with spots that vanish before they are a year old.
Did you know? Mountain lion cubs are born with blue eyes that change to yellow around 16-18 months old.