Around the Tiers: Animal Adventure announcements

By Chelsea Bishop

May 13, 2014 Updated May 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure announced the addition of a female cougar cub to the family at the Harpursville animal park.

"Elu," or "Lu Lu," will be on exhibit at Animal Adventure all season, beginning on opening day, Friday, May 23, 2014.

She will be exhibited in temporary space until her exhibit is completed in the new North American Animal Trail, set to open in June. This area will be home to many new exhibits, including an alligator bayou, wolves, and bison.

The almost three-month-old Elu was born on February 28 at Wild Acres Ranch in Ohio. She weighs 10 pounds and has one brother, Apache, who lives at Claws & Paws Animal Park in the Poconos.

The name Elu is Native American for "beautiful" or "full of grace". She joined the Animal Adventure family on March 21.

"Elu is a beautiful cougar cub, full of life and adventure, with a playful spirit," said Animal Adventure Owner Jordan Patch. "She is a tremendous addition to Animal Adventure, as she fits in with our mission to educate the public on over 50 species, while offering guests an up-close, memorable and interactive experience."

Cougars, also known as mountain lions, pumas and panthers, range throughout southwest Canada, the western United States and South America. They grow to weigh from 60 to 150 pounds and have a carnivorous diet both in the wild and in captivity.

With the exception of Florida panthers, cougars are not listed as endangered, but they do face many challenges due to human encroachment and habitat destruction.

This year marks the launch of Animal Adventure's campaign to bring Giraffes to Broome County. To help gain awareness and launch the campaign, the Greater Binghamton Childrens Charity will be raffling off a 6 foot tall stuffed animal giraffe to one lucky kid on our opening day, May 23! There is no cost to enter the raffle.

Animal Adventure is located at 85 Martin Hill Road in Harpursville.

For updates on Animal Adventure, visit the Animal Adventure website, or "like" the Animal Adventure Facebook page.

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