The birth of two sloth bear cubs at Zoo Miami has brought much excitement, marking the first time in 26 years that the zoo has welcomed these adorable creatures. The announcement was made by zoo officials on Friday, who shared the joyous news with the public.
The proud mother, Kematee, a 4-year-old sloth bear, gave birth to the cubs on December 4th. This is a significant milestone for Kematee, as it is her first experience of motherhood since her arrival at Zoo Miami in 2021. Prior to that, she was born at the Philadelphia Zoo.
The father of the cubs, Hank, is 11 years old and joined Zoo Miami in 2016 after residing at the National Zoo. Both Kematee and her newborns are reported to be in good health and are currently bonding in their private maternity den.
Ron Magill, the zoo’s communications director, expressed his admiration for Kematee’s exceptional maternal care. He also shared the staff’s hope to introduce the mother and cubs to their outdoor habitat once they are confident in their ability to navigate the area safely. This process may take several weeks to ensure the utmost safety for the adorable family.
Sloth bears, classified as a vulnerable species, face threats such as poaching and habitat destruction. The successful birth of these cubs at Zoo Miami is a testament to the zoo’s commitment to conservation efforts and the preservation of endangered species.
The arrival of these precious sloth bear cubs has captivated the hearts of both staff and visitors at Zoo Miami. It serves as a reminder of the importance of protecting and conserving these magnificent creatures, ensuring their survival for generations to come.