Meet Meeka, the latest addition to the Saginaw Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square, set to reopen on Saturday. This furry, black-footed cat is sure to delight visitors of all ages!
The Children’s Zoo in Saginaw is excited about their new furry inhabitants, Meeka and Tut. These black-footed cats are small in size but mighty in nature, typically hunting over 10 prey items per night in the wild African grasslands and deserts. The zoo acquired the two cats from the Birmingham Zoo, and they have settled in nicely at the former serval exhibit by the barnyard. Although Tut is laid back, Meeka has some attitude and is the boss between the two of them. They enjoy snacking on mice and playing with snake sheds. Sadly, the black-footed cat species is considered “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which means their wild populations are declining towards becoming endangered. Habitat destruction, degradation, and threats from hunters and poison traps set for other predators are major contributors to their population decline. While Meeka and Tut are not currently a breeding pair, there is a possibility in the future. The Children’s Zoo opens for the season on April 23, but members can get a sneak peek of the animals (new and old) during the Members Only weekend on April 16-17. Memberships can be purchased through the zoo’s website or by phone.