Oakland Zoo Shelters Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs amid Call for Safe Animal Passages

Oakland Zoo Shelters Orphaned Mountain Lion Cubs amid Call for Safe Animal PassagesSource: Oakland Zoo
Eileen Vargas
Published on November 16, 2023

The Oakland Zoo recently provided temporary shelter to two orphaned mountain lion cubs, rescued by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) after their mother's fatality in a car accident.

The incident, as reported by the Oakland Zoo yesterday, reinforces the need for safe animal passages. Organizations like the Bay Area Cougar Action Team (BACAT) are advocating for such solutions.

BACAT, established in 2012, comprises numerous agencies, non-profit organizations, local parks, and mountain lion researchers. They aspire to create a support system to model in different regions. A testament to their achievements is Santa Cruz's safe passage program, which supervised the installation of a wildlife crossing earlier this year, as CEO of Oakland Zoo, Nik Dehejia, referenced.

Veterinarian staff from Oakland Zoo is taking care of the dehydrated and underweight cubs, and further lab tests are awaiting to check for any potential requirement for blood transfusions.

The objective of the frequent checkups and treatment is to steadily restore the cubs' health and subsequently locate a suitable habitat for them.