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 —


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  • edwardFriday, May 25, 2018 at 10:59 am
    cheetahs are so cute
    • pitoFriday, May 25, 2018 at 10:08 am
      • jasmin verasFriday, May 25, 2018 at 10:06 am
        • goykyFriday, May 25, 2018 at 9:26 am
          they are super cuuuuuuuuut
          • gfdxikbpuyituryThursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:11 am
            i love it but if u do questions they are hard
            • daisyduke
              daisydukeWednesday, May 23, 2018 at 4:33 pm
              I now they are soooo cute 🤩😜😇😘😍
              • LeeWednesday, May 23, 2018 at 4:15 pm
                I agree with you they are really cute 🐆🤩😜
                • LizWednesday, May 23, 2018 at 8:01 am
                  I know right they are so cute in the viedo
                  • xx_oof_lordz_xx
                    xx_oof_lordz_xxTuesday, May 22, 2018 at 11:14 am
                    They're OKAY (They're really really really cute :) )
                    • JanineFriday, May 18, 2018 at 6:57 am
                      So cute.

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