St. Louis Zoo Welcomes Eight Adorable Cheetah Cubs

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With fewer than 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild, the addition of even a single cub is hailed as a victory. Hence, you can only imagine the excitement caused by the January 3, 2018 announcement of the birth of eight cheetahs at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) which manages 12 cheetah conservation facilities — including the one at the St. Louis Zoo — this is the first time such a large, healthy litter has been born. Previously recorded births have averaged between three to four cubs.

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The adorable five female and three male cubs were born to Bingwa and nine-year-old Jason at the zoo’s River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Center on November 26, 2017. Bingwa is from Wildlife Safari, an animal park in Winston, Oregon, while Jason hails from the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida. Though both animals are on loan to the zoo, it is uncertain when, or if, they will be returned to their respective homes.

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Coincidentally, the name “Bingwa” means “champion” in Swahili, a title the four-year-old female cat has undoubtedly lived up to in recent months. Earlier this year, she gave birth to a litter of seven cubs. Unfortunately, only one survived. However, the recently born eight cubs, that now weigh about 3 to 4 pounds each, have survived the crucial, early months and appear to be well on their way to becoming healthy adults.

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Zoo officials, who are closely monitoring the precious animals, say that Bingwa is an “exemplary mother,” who has “quickly become adept at caring for her very large litter of cubs — grooming, nursing, and caring for them attentively.” Though it will be several months before the adorable cubs will make their public debut, fans can keep up with their progress, and learn more about cheetah conservation efforts, by visiting the zoo’s website — www.stlzoo.org.

Resources: www.stlzoo.org

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  • aerodactyl1
    aerodactyl1Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:45 pm
    I really love this video this cheetah with her cubs at St. Louis even though I love cheetahs so much makes me want to have a cheetah as a friend and a pet of my own.And I would love to have shape shifting powers so I could shape shift into a cheetah myself so I could run super fast.And I also have alot of pictures of cheetahs in my protector in my binder and I also want to learn to draw cheetahs and I love cheetahs so much.
    • getitgirl
      getitgirlSaturday, December 21, 2019 at 9:52 am
      Awwwwwwwww there so cute
      • lesliedragon
        lesliedragonThursday, December 19, 2019 at 8:09 am
        AWWW!!! ADORABLE!!!!!!!
        • catman2
          catman2Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:57 am
          cute CATS!
          • catman2
            catman2Thursday, December 19, 2019 at 6:57 am
            i need one
            • kaydence67
              kaydence67Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:49 am
              so sad
              • zoey10
                zoey10Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 7:03 am
                i now right
              • cirro2345
                cirro2345Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6:49 am
                the baby cheetahs are so cute love them one by one they're so pretty♥💚 but only one survived in the center of the Cubs died I'm so sad 😭
                • CristinaSunday, November 10, 2019 at 6:15 am
                  I want one!! So cute😊
                  • watchoutboy
                    watchoutboyTuesday, December 17, 2019 at 4:38 pm
                    Your cute I will follow you
                  • nataleigh_CATSunday, October 27, 2019 at 9:11 am
                    They are soooo adorable!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • enthusiastThursday, October 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
                      you don't just "adopt" a rare species