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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  • 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
            • CoolkidTuesday, October 15, 2019 at 9:54 am
              How do you adopt one? They're so cute! UwU 🐆🐆
              • tina the tigerFriday, October 11, 2019 at 6:39 am
                there so cute and i love them
                • cute loverThursday, October 10, 2019 at 10:10 am
                  there so cute
                  • Animal LoverTuesday, September 24, 2019 at 8:35 am
                    these guys now belong to me!!!!!! mine,mine, MINE!!!!!!!!
                    • savvanah_reed
                      savvanah_reedSaturday, November 23, 2019 at 7:05 pm
                      NO MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • KittyTuesday, September 17, 2019 at 8:56 am
                      Soooooooooo cute 😊