St. Louis Zoo Welcomes Eight Adorable Cheetah Cubs

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With fewer than 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild, the addition of even a single cub is hailed as a victory. Hence, you can only imagine the excitement caused by the January 3, 2018 announcement of the birth of eight cheetahs at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) which manages 12 cheetah conservation facilities — including the one at the St. Louis Zoo — this is the first time such a large, healthy litter has been born. Previously recorded births have averaged between three to four cubs.

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The adorable five female and three male cubs were born to Bingwa and nine-year-old Jason at the zoo’s River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Center on November 26, 2017. Bingwa is from Wildlife Safari, an animal park in Winston, Oregon, while Jason hails from the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida. Though both animals are on loan to the zoo, it is uncertain when, or if, they will be returned to their respective homes.

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Coincidentally, the name “Bingwa” means “champion” in Swahili, a title the four-year-old female cat has undoubtedly lived up to in recent months. Earlier this year, she gave birth to a litter of seven cubs. Unfortunately, only one survived. However, the recently born eight cubs, that now weigh about 3 to 4 pounds each, have survived the crucial, early months and appear to be well on their way to becoming healthy adults.

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Zoo officials, who are closely monitoring the precious animals, say that Bingwa is an “exemplary mother,” who has “quickly become adept at caring for her very large litter of cubs — grooming, nursing, and caring for them attentively.” Though it will be several months before the adorable cubs will make their public debut, fans can keep up with their progress, and learn more about cheetah conservation efforts, by visiting the zoo’s website — www.stlzoo.org.

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1467 Comments
  • darklight_rp
    darklight_rp3 months
    hmmm these cheetah cubs look familiar....
    • melissa10
      melissa105 months
      How cute *3 awwww
      • blogman769
        blogman7696 months
        so cute!
        • dream_beyond
          dream_beyond7 months
          Those cheetah cubs could easily pass as stuffed animals! no, seriously...
          • dream_beyond
            dream_beyond7 months
            Aww!! This melts my heart! Adorbs!
            • ami18
              ami187 months
              Aww, mother with babies picture is adorable!!!!
              • straw_berry
                straw_berry11 months
                So cute!
                • wilderwild
                  wilderwild11 months
                  When I lived on a farm, we had one of those.
                  • ami18
                    ami187 months
                    I don't believe. Really, wilderwild!
                  • colo_dude
                    colo_dude11 months
                    That mother is such a great mother!!!❤️
                    • magic1105
                      magic110512 months
                      So CUTE!!!!!!