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Giraffe and Baby

The Cheetah Cam F.A.Q

 

This page is to help those who want to learn more about our cheetahs or help anyone who may have any concerns while they watch the live stream.

 

Frequently ask questions:

  1. Are the cheetah cubs currently on exhibit in the zoo?
  2. When will the cheetah cubs be on exhibit?
  3. Where are the cheetah cubs being raised?
  4. Who is raising the cheetah cubs?
  5. Is the cheetah cam being monitored by someone at the zoo?
  6. Where is the food and water located in the cheetah enclosure?
  7. What do the cheetahs eat?
  8. Do the cheetahs have outside access?
  9. Why am I not currently seeing the cheetahs on the cam?
  10. I don't see all 5 of the cubs, why are they separated?
  11. Is it normal for the mama cheetah to pick up and walk with or move her cubs?
  12. Is it normal for the mama cheetah to pace back and forth?
  13. Do they have access to heat?
  14. I just saw mom eat the cubs' poop! Is that normal?

 

1. Are the cheetah cubs currently on exhibit in the zoo?

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.

 



2.  When will the cheetah cubs be on exhibit?

 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.

 

 

3.  Where are the cheetah cubs being raised?

  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.

 

 

4.  Who is raising the cheetah cubs?

They are being raised by their mother Lana.  Cheetah fathers do not help raise the young. 

  

 

5.  Is the cheetah cam being monitored by someone at the zoo?

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

 

 

6. Where is the food and water located in the cheetah enclosure?

They have access 24 hours a day to an automatic water dispenser which is not in view of our Cheetah Cam.  Lana’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.

 

 

7.  What do the cheetahs eat?

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.

 

 

8.  Do the cheetahs have outside access?

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.

 

 

 9. Why am I not currently seeing the cheetahs on the cam?

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.

     


10. I don't see all 5 of the cubs, why are they separated?

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.

 

 

11.  Is it normal for the mama cheetah to pick up and walk with or move her cubs?

    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.

 

 

12.  Is it normal for the mama cheetah to pace back and forth?

   Lana 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.

 

 

13. Do they have access to heat?

   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.

 

 

14. I just saw mom eat the cubs' poop! Is that normal?

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.