live cheetah cam


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
  • 2 female cubs died shortly after birth
  • First time mother, Milani, is 3 years old
  • Second-time father, Kitu, is 6 years old
  • Milani, her 3 cubs, and 7 other adult cheetahs are located in our cheetah breeding facility which is off exhibit
  • Lana and her 4 cubs born last year, are currently on exhibit in the zoo


hope at 2 days old
one cub under veterinary care

-We are sad to report that two of the cubs died during their first week of life. Both cubs were runts and 25% smaller than their siblings. They were pulled once problems were noted. Both suffered from fading kitten syndrome. This is common in first litters. Despite medical intervention, both cubs did not survive. The other three remaining cubs are gaining weight at a rapid pace.  We are extremely sad and frustrated at losing these two cubs but understand these things happen as part of nature (especially with cheetahs) despite our extraordinary attempts to help these cubs.


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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. The Metro Richmond Zoo supports a Cheetah Conservation Project in Botswana Africa that helps protect cheetahs in the wild.

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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)