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Orphaned Mountain Lion Gets New Home

Posted May 5, 2016

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, 30 minutes south of 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 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.

Watch: Video of the mountain lion cub in her new home.

About Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Since 1988 Out of Africa Wildlife Park has been dedicated to promoting the discovery and appreciation of wildlife for all ages; creating an experience steeped in fun, immersed in learning, and inspired by the living and colorful world of astonishing wildlife. Showcasing exotic animals from around the world, the 104-acre Park provides its visitors a unique and interactive way to see and experience beautiful creatures and their natural behavior up-close, supporting and promoting conservation awareness and action, practicing exemplary animal care, providing education and learning experiences, and establishing broad community support, through a peaceful and interactive relationship with our animal friends who touch all of our hearts.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park is located 3 miles west of I-17 on SR-260, or at 3505 W. SR-260, Camp Verde, AZ  86322. Located 45 minutes north of Anthem and 30 minutes south of Sedona, the park is open year-round, seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed only on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Ages 2 and under are free. General admission includes African Bush Safari tour, all daily shows, courtesy trams, and free parking. For more information call 928-567-2840 or visit Also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube.