So now we know!

An email sent to the San Diego Zoo last week:

Hi! I was visiting your mountain lion page at, and saw that its genus and species were listed as Felis concolor. My understanding was that the mountain lion had been reclassified as Puma concolor a couple decades back. Is there still debate about the correct species name, or is this merely old information that has not yet been updated?

Thanks so much for your reply!



And, in my inbox today (after an earlier email saying the question had been forwarded to the relevant staff), a reply:


Thank you for your e-mail.

Yes, we can confirm that the scientific name for mountain lions was changed to Puma concolor. The appropriate departments have been notified.

We appreciate your feedback given.

Customer Service Team
San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

So now we know!