Orphaned Mountain Lion Gets New Home at Out of Africa Wildlife Park Near Sedona, Arizona
Sedona, AZ: An orphaned mountain lion cub rescued by Arizona Game and Fish has a new home at Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Camp Verde, Arizona, less than an hour from Sedona.
The mountain lion cub was rescued near Sells, Arizona and after a recovery period, transported to its new permanent home. On April 29, Chairman Edward Manual of the Tohono O’Odham Nation signed a letter permitting the transfer of the young mountain lion from its temporary home at Adobe Mountain Wildlife Facility to Out of Africa Wildlife Park. Releasing the orphaned cub back into the wild was not an option, as young mountain lions rely on their mothers to learn hunting and survival skills until they are between one year to 18 months old.
Out of Africa has frequently assisted the Arizona Game and Fish Department with large animal rescues. Two years ago, the department confiscated two illegally owned tigers in Phoenix that have since come to be visitor favorites at the Park.
Representatives from Out of Africa Wildlife Park and Arizona Game and Fish will be available for interviews and questions at Out of Africa on Friday, May 6, from 11 am to 12 pm, or by appointment only.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park is located 3 miles west of I-17 on SR-260, at 3505 W. State Route 260, Camp Verde, AZ 86322. Visit www.outofafricapark.com to learn more.
To confirm attendance, contact Ashton Powell, Public/ Community Relations at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, or Amy Burnett, Information and Education Program Manager at Arizona Game and Fish Department, (480) 235-5356.