Brandy was born in 2006 and was living in the same facility as Audrey. There was no way we could take one and leave the other to a terrible fate. We were told that Brandy was purchased illegally as a small cub and mishandled by her unknowledgeable owners until she was totally out of control. She was taken to the place we got her from as a 2-year-old and has not been interacted with since that time. We were led to believe that she was aggressive, which we couldn’t blame her for, but she has proven to be just the opposite.
Very cautious at first, she did not want to eat and spent most of her time hiding in her den box. By day three, she was out and had obviously checked out her new abode the previous night. She now spends a lot of time on level two of her three-level home, just watching the world go by.
Meeka is a puma that was born on July 1st, 2016, at a zoo in Texas. She came to Panther Ridge Conservation Center at 3 weeks old and was raised with our jaguar cub, Mateo. Meeka delights us every day with her acrobatic antics and playful behavior. She tries to climb every tree and bush, destroying any small plants in her way. Her very favorite spot is up high in a treehouse, where she can nap and have a bird’s eye view of many of the other cats at the center. She is leash trained and loves her morning walks with Mateo and our staff.
She will be a part of our family forever. When Meeka came to Panther Ridge she had beautiful spots and clear blue eyes which have evolved into the sleek beige coat and pale green eyes of an adult puma. Her spots were quite dark as a very young cub – perfect camouflage for hiding in rock outcroppings or dense brush while her mother would be hunting. Young pumas stay with their mothers for at least 18 months, learning all of the skills that they will need to survive. Pumas are also known as cougars, mountain lions, and Florida panthers.