The voters have spoken and, following a three-week naming contest, the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, 27026 N. 156th St., announces the two mountain lion cubs have been named Echo and Dash.
The contest generated $19,260 in new funds for the wildlife sanctuary, which is the highest amount of donations a naming contest has ever yielded for Southwest Wildlife.
The cubs story began when the Arizona Game & Fish Department reached out to Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, regarding the arrival of two orphaned baby mountain lions, mere weeks old. Arizona Game & Fish Department’s wildlife biologists discovered the mother of the kittens was fatally injured in a car collision.
Despite her injuries, the mother's maternal instinct compelled her to make a final, determined journey back to her den in a bid to reach her kittens.
Tragically, the mother passed away just as she reached her cubs, but her courageous act set in motion a life-saving mission. The orphaned brothers were brought into the care of the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, where they now thrive under the care of dedicated staff and volunteers.
The public can continue supporting these cubs and other animals at Southwest Wildlife through donations. To make a donation or for more information on how to sponsor an animal, visit southwestwildlife.org/donate