Cute Caracal Kittens Born at Nashville Zoo

Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team

Date: April 15, 2021 1:15 pm

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The caracal kittens under the care of keepers at Nashville Zoo

Photo Credit: Kate Johns/ Nashville Zoo

Three caracal kittens have been born at the Nashville Zoo in the United States. The trio is made up of two males and one female.

Mother Marula and dad Baobab are one of the two pairs of caracals which live at the zoo. These animals are not on-display instead living in a behind the scenes area.

Caracal Kitten Nashville

The caracal kittens under the care of keepers at Nashville Zoo

Photo Credit: Kate Johns/ Nashville Zoo

Currently the kittens are being reared by the zoo’s veterinary and carnivore teams. This will help them become comfortable around people so they can act as ambassadors for their species.

Guests are able to meet the kittens which are on display in the HCA Healthcare Veterinary Center. They are fed at 10am and 2pm daily.

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“These kittens will become ambassador animals for their species so it’s important to acclimate them to human care early,” said Heather Schwartz, Director of Veterinary Services for Nashville Zoo.

“Eventually, they will travel to another zoo to help educate guests about their species, their habitats, and the importance of protecting their environments.”

Caracal Kitten Nashville

The caracal kittens under the care of keepers at Nashville Zoo

Photo Credit: Kate Johns/ Nashville Zoo

This is the third litter of caracal kittens to be welcomed at Nashville Zoo since the two adult pairs were welcomed in early 2020.

With the arrival of these kittens Nashville Zoo are now home to 9 out of the 36 caracals to be housed in AZA-accredited zoos (Association of Zoos and Aquariums).

Visitors to Nashville Zoo can meet two o the caracals, Zain and Samir in the zoo’s wild works animal shows.

Caracal Kitten Nashville

The caracal kittens under the care of keepers at Nashville Zoo

Photo Credit: Kate Johns/ Nashville Zoo

Learn more about Caracals here – Caracal Fact File | The Animal Facts

Learn more about the Nashville Zoo on their website – Nashville Zoo

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