Your fluffy Friday feel good treat is here!
The pawfect start to any weekend, take a sneak peak of doting Cheetah mum Qailee and her three little cubs venturing out of their den for the first time.
Senior Keeper of Carnivores, Rachel Hemming, and Veterinarian, Jerome Kalvas, shared the adorable vision and pictures of the curious cubs exploring their night quarters, which adjoins the large Cheetah habitat, with mum keeping a close eye.
Qailee’s three cubs, which includes a female who was cross-fostered into the litter in an Australasian first, will stay in and around their den until around three months of age.
Excitingly, another four Cheetah cubs were born to Kuishi at Monarto Safari Park three weeks later with the pawsome foursome doing well and staying snug in the den.
Once all seven cubs are ready to head out into the Monarto Safari Park Cheetah habitat, visitors will be able to see them from the Cheetah platform and on the Zu-loop bus.
Until then, Zoos SA will be keeping you up to date with all the cute and cuddly images and vision through our social media channels.
Africa’s most endangered big cat, Cheetah are sadly just a spot away from extinction; impacted by habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and the illegal wildlife trade.
In the last century, the world has lost 90 per cent of the wild cheetah population and it is estimated only 6,000 remain across eastern and south-western Africa.
Zoos SA partners with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) to lend a paw to this amazing species in the wild through on-ground conservation efforts, research and education.
You can help protect these charismatic big cats by donating to Zoos SA, adopting a Cheetah at Monarto Safari Park or taking part in our Cheetah Experience.
But if a sip for good is more your style, you can also support the spotty species by buying a bottle of Kimbolton Wines 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Cheetah Wine’, with part proceeds going towards helping the furry felines.
For more information about Cheetah conservation and Monarto Safari Park, please visit monartosafari.com.au.