Conrad was a young male mountain caught in late 2007 (and tagged "502") by California Department of Fish & Wildlife officials while roaming near an elementary school in Redlands, California. Lions Tigers & Bears rescued him so that he would not be euthanized. Because we had no enclosure for him at the time, he had to live in quarantine for several months while we constructed his habitat.
After a vigorous health examination, Conrad was finally moved to his new home. At first, he tended to spend most of his time inside his "cave," venturing outside only at night as mountain lions are naturally timid. With the patient encouragement of his caregivers, who spent hours each day talking and reading to him, he soon began to leave his cave to explore his new enclosure. Soon he was sleeping in his hammock, enjoying the huge logs he claws to keep his nails trim, playing with his rubber ball, and relaxing in his waterfall pool. However, he's still rather shy and emerges mostly at night and early in the morning.