You can almost hear her purr!
Vishnu the cougar is happy, the visitors are happy, and we couldn’t be happier with the new Cougar Habitat!
Thanks to hundreds of generous contributors, the Cougar Habitat opened in 2012 to rave review, especially from the cougars themselves. The one you see sprawled contentedly on the grass is our 12-year-old female. Because cougars don’t play well together, she had a small corner of our old habitat to herself. She was not a happy camper in that cramped space. In fact, she spent most of her time in her den. If you saw her at all on a visit to the Park, you could count yourself fortunate.
But now she clearly enjoys the 3,500 square feet of open space. She has trees to climb, a big log for sharpening her claws and plenty of shade to rest in.
Mountain Lion Habitat just after completion Spring 2012
Visitors can sit in the shade, too, and watch the cougar through clear glass, without bars or chain-link. We’ve planted a beautiful memorial garden near the Habitat in honor of the late Connie Kippax, a Friend who especially loved the cougars. She spent untold hours tending the garden at their old habitat.
We don’t know of a better place to see a cougar anywhere! And it happened only because so many of you came through with the money we needed to build it. Thank you,