America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College welcomed two new Bengal tiger cubs to the Moorpark College Zoo, Neil and Karma, both roughly 5 months old. Neil was confiscated by wildlife authorities and rescued from an unlicensed facility. For optimal long-term quality of life, the zoo staff knew Neil needed a life-long partner. A group of animal professionals made this a reality when they brought Karma to Moorpark, via cross-country road trip. The female cub was born Aug. 15 and is only a few weeks younger than her new companion, Neil.
Zoo staff learned that they were receiving Karma the same hour their beloved mountain lion Spirit passed away. Hence, the name Karma, which symbolizes a cycle that continues eternally, interlinking cause and effect. Neil was named after big-cat trainer and mentor Neil Eglund, who passed away last winter.
Visit America’s Teaching Zoo at Moorpark College on weekends throughout the year from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The zoo is located at 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. For additional information, please call Kris Romero at 805-378-1569. A detailed list of upcoming zoo events visit can be found at http://zoo.moorparkcollege.edu/events/. America’s Teaching Zoo is the only zoo in Ventura County and is the home of the Exotic Animal Training and Management (EATM) program started in 1971.