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Cheetah Check-Up

Wednesday, February 6 2019 2:34 PM
By Julia Stafford

Tanganyika Wildlife Park (TWP) welcomed 10 baby cheetahs in December 2018. The 10 cubs consisted of two different litters—one with six and one with four.

Since the births, six of the cheetahs have been placed in other facilities across the country.

Cheetahs are notorious for being hard to breed in a managed environment, but Tanganyika has a dedicated program and area at the Park specifically for cheetah breeding and has found success over the last two years.

We wanted to give you a little insight on how these fascinating animals are raised here at TWP.

  • Currently, they are eating meat three times a day.
  • They are taken to an open space to run and play twice a day for at least thirty minutes each time. They need a lot of exercise at a young age because they develop at a faster rate than most other large cats. Running and playing allows them to use and build their muscles.
  • They are very hands-on. We work with them even up into breeding. They enjoy interaction with their keepers.
  • With it being so cold here in Kansas (mid 20s lately), they are typically indoors. It would need to be approximately 50 degrees for them to be comfortable outdoors. They don’t like being out in the cold! Being so young, they are not yet acclimated to colder temperatures.
  • Fun fact: with large litters, we identify them by shaving them. For example, one might have their left front or right hind shaved. This helps us tell who’s who!

Feel free to check-up with our cheetahs by watching the quick video below highlighting play-time.

 

 

 

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