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1week old
Cubs at day 1

cubs 3 weeks old
Cubs at day 2

Highlight Info

  • Milani gave birth to 5 cubs (4 females and 1 male) September 19, 2014
  • First time mother, Milani, is 3 years old
  • Second-time father, Kitu, is 6 years old
  • Milani, her five cubs, and 7 other adult cheetahs are located in our cheetah breeding facility which is off exhibit
  • Lana and her 4 cubs are currently on exhibit in the zoo


hope at 2 days old
"Hope" at day 2

-We are sad to report the female cheetah cub we were trying to nurse back to health died around 2 p.m. today. This cub was pulled from her mother yesterday after her neonatal exam found her to be lethargic, dehydrated, and cool to the touch. It appeared she may have had a birth defect because her head was not proportionate with the rest of her body. She had an IV inserted and was put in an incubator. She was monitored and fed hourly. Her condition fluctuated through the night. Later this morning, she took a turn for the worse, stopped urinating, became unresponsive, and began to struggle with her breathing. She was humanely euthanized to prevent any undue suffering. A necropsy (animal autopsy) will be performed, but this may not determine the reason for her health problems. Milani and her other four cubs continue to thrive.



5 more Cheetah Cubs Born!

On September 19, 2014 Milani gives birth to 5 cubs!

(a 24hr Cheetah Cam is expected to be accessible soon)


On Thursday evening, Milani began to show signs of early labor. Zoo staff kept a close eye on her through the night. Milani delivered the cubs Friday morning. The first cub was born at 4:26 a.m. and the fifth cub at 11:34 a.m. 

The wild cheetah population is in drastic decline, experiencing a 30% drop in the last 18 years with only 7,500 now left in the wild. Breeding cheetahs in captivity is very challenging, and because of that, only a very small portion of the population is reproducing. This birth is very significant, as it is the 2nd cheetah birth in the last 11 months for the Metro Richmond Zoo, thus adding 10 genetically valuable cubs to the captive population. 

Zoo staff will determine the sexes of the cubs during the cubs' first veterinary check-up which will be in the next few days.

CheetahCam F.A.Q.'s

Watch Milani give birth to all 5 cubs!

There is a high mortality rate with cheetahs. In the wild, 90 % of cubs do not make it to adulthood. In captivity, 37% do not survive to adulthood, with most deaths occurring during the first month of life. 

Watch as Milani bonds with her cubs (day 2)