Monarto Zoo’s five adorable cheetah cubs will make their public debut today, just in time for the school holidays.
The three-month-old cubs, a little boy and four girls, will be excited to explore their new surroundings under the watchful eye of doting mum Kesho.
“The cubs weigh about 7kg each now and are very adventurous,” Carnivore Keeper Michelle Lloyd said.
“Today’s excursion onto exhibit will give the little cubs a good opportunity to explore their new environment and get used to all the sights and sounds of the habitat before we get really busy in the school holidays.
“With the cubs on public display and with heaps of other adorable babies, like our two giraffe calves for visitors to meet, we’re expecting lots of visitors this school holidays.”
The cubs have spent their first few months of life in a private den with mum to allow the family to bond.
Classified as vulnerable to extinction in the wild, these little felines have a bright future ahead of them and mark an important contribution to the breeding program working to secure the future of this majestic species.
“The cubs will play an important role in helping to educate the public about the plight of their wild brothers and sisters,” Michelle said.
“At the moment, Cheetah numbers in their native eastern and south-western Africa are scarily low, with only 6,700 estimated to be left in the wild.
“Habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as the killing of Cheetahs to protect livestock, has seen almost half of the wild population disappear in the last 35 years.”
Four-year-old Kesho was born at Monarto Zoo in 2012 as part of Zoos SA’s Cheetah breeding program. Dad, Innis, is on a breeding loan from National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra.
Race into Monarto Zoo today to be among the first to see the little cubs!