FAQ

They are currently off exhibit in our cheetah breeding facility which is on the zoo grounds but it is not open to the public. You can watch the cubs 24 hours a day on our brand new Cheetah Cam.

Currently they are staying with their mother off exhibit to allow for a quiet environment. We are minimizing human contact to weekly health checkups by our veterinary staff and visual checks by zookeepers that are performed multiple times a day. When they are older there is a possibility they could go on exhibit. An announcement will be made if and when this may happen. For now__ you can watch the cubs 24 hours a day on our brand new Cheetah Cam.

The cubs were born in and are being raised in our cheetah breeding facility which is on the zoo grounds but it is not open to the public.

They are being raised by their mothers Milani Wiay and Vaila. Cheetah fathers do not help raise the young.

The Zoo Staff are closely monitoring the Cheetah Cam and are aware of the cheetahs’ activities.

They have access 24 hours a day to an automatic water dispenser which is not in view of our Cheetah Cam. The Mother’s food dish is located in the middle of the chain link fence directly across the shelter from our Cheetah Cam. Her dish is filled twice a day by zookeepers.

Our cheetahs here at the zoo are fed a meat-based diet that is made specifically by a company for cheetahs in captivity. The 5 cheetah cubs are currently being nursed by their mother. The cubs will begin to eat meat at about 6 weeks old.

The cheetahs have access to a large outdoor enclosure during the day. They have the freedom to go in and out. The Cheetah Cam is only located in the inside area.

The cheetahs have access to a large outdoor enclosure during the day. They have the freedom to go in and out. The Cheetah Cam is only located in the inside area and it does not have a view of the outside. You can see our favorite clips of the cubs on our YouTube channel.

The cubs are just starting to walk and venture around. The mother lets them explore and is always aware of their location. She does not let them go too far. The cheetahs have access to a large outdoor enclosure during the day. They have the freedom to go in and out. The Cheetah Cam is only located in the inside area and it does not have a view of the outside. If they are not playing in view__ keep watching__ they will regroup when they sleep and nurse. You can see our favorite clips of the cubs on our YouTube channel.

It is a natural behavior for cheetah mothers to move cubs around. The mother will put the scruff of the neck and sometimes part of the head in her mouth to pick them up. The cubs have a natural response to go limp and not move while being picked up. This activity does not hurt the cubs in any way.

The Mothers may appear at times to be pacing__ back and forth. This is her way of being aware of her surroundings at all times in attempts to keep her cubs safe. When you see her doing this she is looking outside at her surroundings.

There is a heat lamp hanging directly above the area where the cubs sleep at night which is out of sight from the Cheetah Cam. They also have a large heated den within their enclosure.

Yes__ this is a very normal practice. When the cubs are very young__ mothers will lick their bottoms to stimulate them to defecate and urinate. The mother will also consume their feces to keep the den clean.

 

 


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