The Sand Cats on the Zoological Middle Ramat Gan are 2 yr outdated Sabbhia and 4 yr outdated Marib. They arrived on the zoo virtually 2 years in the past from France and Sweden respectively.
Officers have been hoping for profitable breeding of the couple, as Sand cats are usually not solely a tremendous little cat, it’s also a local Israeli species that was as soon as residing within the Arava Valley within the south of Israel and went extinct.
Within the first weeks the couple saved their distance, however as time glided by, the bond between them was getting tighter.
Two months in the past the keepers discovered Sabbhia within the evening chamber with a minimum of 5 kittens! They have been watching the brand new mom from a distance as to not disturb and stress her. All have been very stunned to seek out that the kittens have been getting greater and stronger and all of them survived. Sabbhia is a good mom though it’s her first litter. Father Marib joined mother and the kittens, however Sabbiha retains an eye over him on a regular basis.
The kittens are getting stronger and extra playful by the day, and they are often seen working round and taking part in within the momentary exhibit. Ramat Gan is at present constructing a brand new enclosure for the species.
The Zoological Middle Ramat Gan is collaborating within the European X-situ program for the species.
Photograph Credit score: Yam Siton