Cedar - Cougar
Cedar found her way to us after being confiscated by officers from the CA Department of Fish and Game. While the details are limited, we do know that she was being illegally kept by someone in the Santa Cruz mountains.
We took her in at about 6 weeks old. She was very weak, but seemed to be in relatively good health. She was suffering from dehydration; had diarrhea and giardia and possibly ringworm. She was taken to Hazel Ridge for a physical and initial vaccines. She had her FIV/FeLV test and both were negative.
Updates from Zoo Keeper Jill and Amy
Apr 5 -Cedar is now about 7 months old and weighs about 35 lbs. In the wild, she would still be with mom and traveling with her to kill sites to eat but, mostly to play and practice “killing” their meal. It is at these sites, kittens learn how to open up a kill and what parts to eat first. Cougars use their teeth and rough tongue (called “papillae”) to pluck fur and tear open the carcass, where they ingest the nutritious internal organs before moving on to meat and muscle.
Here at the zoo, we try to provide our carnivores with natural prey items as much as possible. We feed a variety of rodents, quail and even deer. While most of the fare is purchased, we also feed out deer that have been hit by vehicles. The deer we accept is always fresh and then we freeze it for a month to ensure we eliminate any parasites before we feed it out. This type of whole carcass feeding is extremely beneficial to our captive carnivores. Not only does it meet their needs nutritionally, it satisfies many of their physical and mental requirements.
Cedar loves to play with her food before she eats it, sometimes she plays so much she gets tired and has to nap before finishing it! This is all natural and part of her growing up.
Mar 2 - Cedar is growing by leaps and bounds, literally! Zoo keepers can’t control her now 28 pound body from jumping all over them. She is a feisty 5 month old and nothing can stop her from seeing and doing it all. Play is her number one goal; whether it’s with keepers, boxes, branches or food. She especially likes to follow small children visitors while she’s playing on exhibit. She looks at them as if to say, “Hey! We’re the same size…let’s play!”
Due to her size, strength and spirited disposition, the days of keepers being able to go in with her are coming to an end. Though she’s only doing what comes naturally, our soft skin and fast legs are no match to her faster legs and sharp teeth and claws. And although she is quite a brute when it comes to people, she is still much too small to be introduced to the adults.
Cedar is out on exhibit daily (adult cougars permitting) from 1-2 p.m. Bring your family and a snack to the zoo so you can sit down and enjoy an hour of adorable entertainment!
Feb 12 - Watch Cedar on Good Day Sacramento!
Jan 27 - Our little girl is growing fast now and as of last Saturday (1/22/2011) she weighed 16.9lbs and is now 4 months old. With all this nice weather she has been spending time in the cougar holding pens during the day enjoying the sunshine and getting acclimated to the outside temperatures as well as seeing the other cats. Cougars Ventura and Flash have been vocalizing with her, and they seem quite curious about their new roommate. Cougar Rio isn’t quite so sure about her and tends to avoid the area while she is around. She is quickly learning how to use all her new found strength and natural instincts. She is an excellent jumper and is having fun stalking the peacocks and tearing up her toys. If she were still in the wild she would be spending all her time with potential siblings and her mother learning and practicing all the skills she would need to have to eventually live on her own. (we have 3 new photos in our gallery)
Jan 10 - We need your help to give her a name, Vote on our front page for the one you think is best!
Jan 1 - Like kittens of any species, she’s smart and inquisitive. Her tawny gold fur is soft, her little claws are needle sharp and she exhibits a lot of Attitude on occasion. In the first week of January, 2011 she was 13 weeks old and now close to 12 pounds. She still has a lot of growing to do before you can see her on exhibit. We have a few Photo's of her in our Photo Gallery
Nov 17 - She has only just arrived and weighs in at a little more than 4 pounds
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