Help Name the Mountain Lion Cub at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Courtesy of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

We hope you’ll join the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in welcoming their newest addition: a five-and-a-half-month-old mountain lion cub. The little guy was rescued and nursed back to health by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife; but because he was unsuitable for reintroduction into the wild, his adoption by the Desert Museum was arranged through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. “Once the cub was in good health suitable for transport, California departmental agents traveled nine hours to rendezvous with Desert Museum staff in Blythe, California,” said Shawnee Riplog-Peterson, the museum’s curator of mammalogy and ornithology. “After arrival at the Museum, the cub was quarantined in the exhibit’s night-holding area at which time veterinarians and keepers monitored its well-being and began training efforts.”

Known scientifically as Puma concolor, mountain lions (a.k.a. pumas or cougars) are the largest of the small cats. Even though they are referred to as lions, they lack the ability to roar. They are consummate predators, with a small head, muscular body, powerful shoulders, strong legs, large paws and a long tail. Cougars have powerful claws and jaws armed with impressive canines. They are stalking, ambush hunters that normally live solitary lives.

Now that this little guy is home and in good health, the museum needs your help. This cub needs a name and you’re invited to enter the naming contest at The winner will receive a special gift from the mountain lion and a family membership to the Desert Museum. The winning name will be announced at a special naming celebration on July 6.

OK, to help you come up with a suitable name for this fella, below are some details about this cute cat:

Sex: Male
Age: 5 1/2 months
Rescued: March 9 in San Jose, CA
Rescue Weight: 15 pounds
Current Weight: 51.5 pounds
Current Length: 37.5 inches (not including the tail)
Current Paw Size: 4 3/4 inches
Favorite Food: Goat’s milk
Favorite Activities: Chasing rock squirrels and lazing in the shade


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33 responses to “Help Name the Mountain Lion Cub at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

  1. Kevin Downey


  2. ella s getz

    four paws

  3. Dennis Begnoche


  4. Tom

    Wilbur, of course!

  5. Theresa

    Babo (Baboquiviri)

  6. Eileen Fisher


  7. Sharry Jolley


  8. Mary Moore


  9. Mary Lou

    Caaz, for CA & AZ… his home state and new home state 😀

  10. Trudi El-Heneidi

    His name should be “ARIZ”. As in Arizona. He is gorgeous!!

  11. Marjorie Slater


  12. We have a feral-brought-inside originally named Cougar, because he looked like one. But we have nick-named him Major Tom, because that what he was. An Alpha Tomcat.

  13. ed

    Nizhoni (Nih-zshow-knee)..Beautiful in Navajo

  14. Warren Klofkorn

    Holdat [Lion], Toedat [Lion], Waitin’ [Lion], Standin’ [Lion], Gettin’ [Lion]: those names all seem appropriate.

  15. margie

    I like the name Nizhoni.

  16. Kathy Jorgensen


  17. Kim Cole

    Yuma the Puma

  18. I can go for Nizhoni too. He deserves something honorable and proud, like he is. He is NOT a cartoon character, he is a true native soul of the continental ‘United States’, of a time before any ‘man’ walked here.

    IMHO, of course. But then I am over the top about cats.

  19. Dawn Vessels

    “Boo” looks like he’s peeking around the corner in this picture, peek-a-boo!

  20. Sue Kordish

    Shy Boy

  21. Danielle

    I’d like Matthiew with a nickname of MATOU which is the french word for a big fat tom that rules the neighbourhood

  22. Danielle

    is that the name chosen? Rhino? Surely not that bad tempered beast?

  23. I think he should be named Starlight because he is a star and he should forever shine on!

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