7-18-2017

CANADA LYNX KITTENS TO MOVE INTO MAIN EXHIBIT

 
July 18, 2017, Colorado Springs, CO – Our four female Canada lynx kittens have been named and will officially move into their Rocky Mountain Wild exhibit tomorrow, Wednesday, July 19.

The kittens and mom, Migina, will join dad, Kajika, both 10 years old. The kittens have been with their mother in an off-exhibit area since their birth on May 6. They have “howdied” with Kajika multiple times, which is a process where they can see and smell each other with a mesh barrier in between them. Both the kittens and Kajika were very curious about each other and vocalized back and forth for some time. They also sniffed each other’s paws and rubbed up against the mesh. Our keepers say these are all good signs that signal the lynx family is ready to be together in their public exhibit.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo employees voted for names based on famous Colorado ghost towns, as lynx are often called “ghost cats” due to their elusive, nearly-noiseless nature thanks to heavily-padded paws and light frames. An announcement of the names will be made on our Facebook page tomorrow afternoon.

About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo, offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope that guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 229 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just nine operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues and donations for funding.