The Lions Club in Edgewood recently donated $1,000 for youth workers to build a wooden cat tree for two young cougars at Wildlife West Nature Park.

The Lions Club came forward when Wildlife West rescued two cougars who had been left motherless in the wild. One of the cougars was caught in a trap and suffered a foot injury which was nursed back to health by the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española before coming to the Park.

Funding was also used to expand the habitat, enabling the cougars—True and Zia—to have more room to roam as they grow. The cat tree gives them a structure they can climb, explore and relax as they people watch. It also allows visitors the chance to see them up close.

Lions’ members will dedicate the lion tree at Wildlife West Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.; the public is invited to attend. Also contributing to the project were the Albuquerque Northeast Lions Club and the Albuquerque Breakfast Lions Club.

Wildlife West is open daily, year round from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with winter hours starting Nov. 5. Call for more information at 505-281-7655 or visit