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Second sand cat arrives at Zoo Boise

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 02, 2021

BOISE, Idaho — Zoo Boise announced Tuesday that they welcomed their second sand cat, named Simba. Zoo staff says Simba has recently been introduced to the female sand cat, Nala.

The introductions are going well and there are exciting prospects for the future of the species at Zoo Boise.

Nala came to Zoo Boise last November from the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Simba came from the Living Desert in Palm Springs.

Sand cats are found in the arid deserts of Africa's Sahara desert, the Arabian Peninsula and parts of Central Asia. The cats are the smallest wild cat on the planet and are opportunistic hunters, known to attack and eat venomous snakes.

Zoo Boise is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a limited number of tickets available to meet current group size requirements. Tickets have to be reserved in advance and a timed entry process is in place to reduce lines and allow for social distancing.

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