Meet the Cutest (and Furriest) Ambassadors Around
The rigors, training, and preparation that goes into becoming an ambassador?
There's so much that goes into the process, of course. But sometimes if you're small, whiskery, and prone to adorable mewing, you ascend the ambassadorial ladder rather fast.
Such is the case with two young mountain lions found in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in the summer of 2020.
They're now living at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, where they will "... serve as ambassadors for the Santa Monica Mountains mountain lion population and their species," important roles, indeed.
To learn how this adorable duo came to fill these grand positions in the Grand Canyon State, take a look at the photos below, their story, and the fostering process that the team of concerned Santa Monica Mountains biologists attempted in an effort to keep the kittens wild.
You can read more about the process that was behind the fostering attempt at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area site, and meet the biologists and wildlife advocates working to save and support our mountain lions.
Now the Arizona-based ambassadors are "inseparable and a great comfort to each other." The rangers of the Santa Monica Mountains also report the youngsters are "thriving in their forever home." Want to learn more about their new digs, the Scottsdale Wildlife Conservation Center? Swish your tail and pad, cat-like, in this direction. (Photos: courtesy of the Los Angeles Zoo and the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center)