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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1473 Comments
  • aqua_husky
    I live in Missouri so maybe we can go there and see them sometime! SO CUTE!!!!😍😍🐆
    • jazhollandlops
      I love how they kept them with their mom because other zoo's do and the cheetah cubs don't get to see their mom at all witch I find is not right.
    • adroit_avimimus
      Cheetahs are so cute! Here are some facts about cheetahs! 1) Cheetahs don't roar, they meow and purr 2) Cheetahs can live from 15 to 20 years! 3) Like football players, cheetahs have built-in sun glare protection around their eyes. 4) Cheetahs are Africa's most endangered cat 5) A mother cheetah can care for about 2 to 8 cubs in her litter
      • hewouwu
        hewouwu7 months
        cheetahs are so cute!
        • dark_wolf_alpha
          So cute my heart just melted❤️
          • darklight_rp
            darklight_rpabout 1 year
            hmmm these cheetah cubs look familiar....
            • melissa10
              melissa10about 1 year
              How cute *3 awwww
              • blogman769
                blogman769over 1 year
                so cute!
                • dream_beyond
                  dream_beyondover 1 year
                  Those cheetah cubs could easily pass as stuffed animals! no, seriously...
                  • dream_beyond
                    dream_beyondover 1 year
                    Aww!! This melts my heart! Adorbs!