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Cougar Rocks

Cougar Rocks

Meet Kayah & Aiyana, the newest addition to Discovery Kingdom. These cubs were born weighing in at a pound, but just 5 months later they have grown to be just over 30lbs. At the age of 3, these big cats will reach their full growth and can teeter around 100lbs. Although they are among the smaller big cats, they can reach up to 5 feet tall when standing on their hind legs.

As cougars are native to the Americas, Kayah & Aiyana have been named to reflect that. In Native American Hopi, Kayah means little but wise. Aiyana means eternal flower in Cherokee. Both female cubs can be see playing and laying at Cougar Rocks in the land animal side of the park near Sidewinder Safari.

Animal Fact

Near Animal Care Nursery and Wolf's Den
About Cougars

  • Scientific Name: Puma concolor
  • Size: An adult cougar can range from 42-54 inches in length.
  • Speed: up to speeds of 50 mph

Fun Fact

  • The cougar, which is also commonly referred to as a puma, mountain lion or panther, is the second largest cat in North America. Unlike other big cats, the cougar cannot roar. Instead, the large feline purrs like a house cat.
  • Cougars are capable of running up to 50 mph.
  • Cougars are protected through the passage of California Wildlife Protection Act of 1990. 

Conservation Status

Least Concern. Cougars are considered near threatened, not endangered

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