Born: July 14, 2001
Classification: Puma (Puma concolor cougar)
Tucker and his brother, Al, were born at Catty Shack Ranch on July 14, 2001. Their parents are now deceased. As lifelong residents, Tucker and Al have received and enjoyed love, attention and excellent care for their entire lives.
Tucker’s species goes by many names – puma, panther, mountain lion, cougar, catamount, painter, and ghost cat to name a few. In the wild, pumas can be found as far north as British Columbia and the Yukon and as far south as Argentina. Although they are the second largest cat in the Americas (behind the Jaguar), they coexist with large species throughout their range – grizzly and other bears, wolves, and jaguars.
Tucker and Al have retired as “Animal Ambassadors” of the Ranch. In the past, the Ranch was not open to the public. We took some of our residents off the premises to allow people to see and appreciate these magnificent animals and to educate the public about the plight of these animals in the wild, as well as in captivity. Only those animals who enjoyed the opportunity to experience short journeys and a few hours in a different environment participated. Although it has been many years since Tucker played his ambassador role, his blue collar is a remnant of those days and allows people to easily distinguish him from his brother. He now waits for volunteers and visitors to admire him “at home.”
In captivity, puma can live up to 25 years whereas, in the wild, their lifespan may be 8 to 12 years. Even though Tucker has received excellent care his entire life, one cannot prevent or stop the normal aging process as joint and mobility issues arise. Tucker was diagnosed with spondylosis or arthritis in his back, and he (like some of our other older residents) receives special veterinary care to enable him to continue to enjoy life. Be sure to check out our Medical Volunteers!
Tucker enjoys a healthy diet of raw meat with vitamins and supplements appropriate to his species, age, and current health condition. All our animals receive regular veterinary care and are very much loved.