July 20, 2016 - Adia, the female African lion at the Ellen Trout Zoo, has given birth to her second cub. The first cub, Sango, born 4 years ago, had to be hand reared because Adia failed to produce milk. This time everything went well and mother and cub appear to be doing fine. Since this is her first experience rearing the cub, Zoo staffers have been careful around Adia to make sure she is not distracted from her maternal duties. Her primary caregivers have been watching, hopefully, for about 110 days and then on Friday, 15 July 2016 at 3:30 in the afternoon the little cub was discovered. However, it was a big surprise to see that the cub is white. Zoo Curator, Celia Falzone contacted the Lion Species Survival Plan (SSP) coordinator in an effort to determine the frequency of white lion births. According to SSP records, there has been one other white lion cub born in a North American zoo. That lion reverted to normal coloration when it was about six months old. Will this lion remain white? Only time will tell, but everyone at the Ellen Trout Zoo is thrilled at the birth and are happy that mother and cub appear to be doing so well.
August 27, 2015 -The Ellen Trout Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of an endangered Jaguar as the result of a cooperative breeding program – the Species Survival Plan. The cub was born 20 August 2015 and weighed in at 1.6 pounds, now weighing in at 2 pounds. This young male Jaguar has been named Balam the Mayan word for jaguar.
The first time parents are 8 year old Seraphina and 3 year old Kabah. Unfortunately, the cub was not being nursed or well-tended by the mother and some health concerns arose. Zoo staff found it necessary to intervene as the cub became cold and weak hours after its birth. The cub was removed from the mother and given medical and husbandry care. It quickly rebounded and now is doing very well under the careful attention of the animal care staff. While being hand-reared, the cub is not on public display and it remains in visual contact with one or the other of its parents in the indoor enclosure.
Prior to the birth of Balam, the last Jaguar cubs born at the Ellen Trout Zoo were in 1996 when there was a litter of three.