Natural History Museum Premieres New Exhibit on Famous Feline, P-22

P-22, Griffith Park's resident mountain lion and LA's most famous feline, has been honored by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County with an exhibit dedication.

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Los Angeles' most famous feline, P-22, will be honored with his own installation at the Natural History Museum beginning July 21.
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Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Los Angeles' most famous feline, P-22, will be honored with his own installation at the Natural History Museum beginning July 21.
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The mountain lion gained fame and admirers after he was discovered roaming Griffith Park in early 2012 through remote cameras from the Griffith Park Connectivity. Since then, the young mountain lion has been assumed to have crossed the 405 and 101 freeways as he headed to the park from the Santa Monica Mountains for territory.n

nKnown to be the only mountain lion residing in Griffith Park, biologists and residents have taken interest in documenting the wild cat's life in the urban park.
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The feline's new exhibit will detail how P-22 eats, will map out his known territory and discuss his survival challenges as he lives his life as an urban mountain lion.

nVisitors can enjoy getting to know how LA's famed wild cat lives by hearing a soundscape of the park to get a sense of what P-22 hears on a daily basis and seeing a replica tracking collar. In addition to these cool features, attendants will get to see what a camera trap looks like so they can get familiar with the device that captures photographs of the majestic feline.
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The exhibit will also include storytelling by Miguel Ordeñana, NHMLA's Citizen Science Coordinator and the first wildlife biologist who captured the wild cat on photo.

n"Although people know the highlights of P-22's story, they don't know how it connects to the bigger picture, and our exhibit displays that," Ordeñana said. "What makes P-22's story so special is that he overcame a lot of obstacles, each of which individually is lethal in most cases to mountain lions."n

nThroughout his life, P-22 successfully crossed two major freeways, has had a run-in with a LA Zoo koala and has even been exposed to rat poison.
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The NHMLA decided to honor the famous feline after wanting to display all the content relating to P-22.

n"Conveniently, the museum store was closing and we were considering what the next exhibit should be," Ordeñana said. "We wanted it to relate to LA wildlife and nature so we thought this was a perfect opportunity to do so."n

nIt's estimated that LA mountain lions will go extinct within 50 years if the city does not adapt to themn

n"The exhibit is kind of a call to action and I hope people get that message," Ordeñana said. "If we're better neighbors to wildlife, they'll be here for future generations."n

nTo receive more information on the exhibit, visit the NHMLA website.
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