Check out the largest North American cat.
Cougar Rocks is home to the largest North American cat, also known as mountain lion, puma, panther and catamount. Cougars have the largest range of any mammal in the Americas; from the tip of South America all the way to northern Canada. They were once found across all of North America but now their range is mostly limited to the western states and Canadian provinces.
Cougars can grow to around nine feet in length and on average weigh approximately 135 pounds. They are powerfully built, with incredibly strong hind legs; muscle makes up the majority of their body weight Cougars can run in bursts up to 50 miles per hour, jump a distance of 40 feet, and leap 15 feet high into a tree.
Cougars can live in a wide variety of habitats, preferably rocky, mountainous terrain. They are known to make homes in caves, crevices, outcrops, and overhangs. Despite their preference, cougars are adaptable and can be comfortable in forests, deserts, and swamps.
Check out these native big cats as they blend into their mountain clearing habitat.
Fun Fact: In 2007, the park acquired three orphaned 12-week-old cougar cubs from Idaho Fish & Game after it was determined they could not be returned to the wild. Initially hand-reared, the three males, Ashkii, Navajo for boy, Takoda, Sioux for “friend to everyone” and Yazhi, Navajo for “little one,” still recognize the staff that raised them.
Conservation Status: Threatened due to habitat destruction, poaching, poisoning and primarily killing by trophy hunters.
Land attraction near Tava's Elephant Parade, Congo Queen, and Zoe's Treehouse