Monarto Safari Park is thrilled to announce the birth of two cute Cheetah cubs, Africa’s most endangered big cat.
Nine-year-old, Kesho, welcomed her fluffy bundles of joy last Thursday, 24 February.
The third-time mum has been very loving and attentive to the spotty pair, who have been seen rolling around and cuddling together via a den cam.
Keeper Michelle Lloyd said the team were overjoyed with the news.
“It is so special for us to welcome Cheetah cubs, particularly because they are so vulnerable to extinction,” she said.
“Every birth is hugely significant and gives hope for the species and their conservation in the wild.
“Kesho has been doing an amazing job. She is such a great mum and we have seen her licking and grooming the cubs and they have been feeding really well.”
The duo will spend time bonding with Kesho before venturing out onto exhibit when they are around three months old.
Zoos SA will continue to share pictures and videos of all the cute and cuddly moments.
While Kesho’s cubs will grow up to safely roam the plains of Monarto Safari Park, the outcome for many cubs in the wild isn’t as bright.
This week The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) rescued 15 cubs from being sold into the illegal wildlife trade in eastern Somaliland.
Veterinarians from the CCF are now nursing the cubs back to health at CCF Safe Houses in Hargeisa.
Zoos SA is proud to partner with the CCF to support this vital work and help them continue their projects on the ground in conservation research, habitat restoration and education.
Cheetah have a classification of vulnerable to extinction from the IUCN with only an estimated 6,600 individuals remaining in eastern and south-western Africa.
These gorgeous big cats have been impacted by habitat loss human-wildlife conflict and the illegal wildlife trade.
You can help us support this spotty species and the work of the CFF by adopting a cheetah at Monarto Safari Park!
With each adoption will ensure the survival of these amazing animals by funding vital conservation projects and contributing to ongoing research and breeding programs.
Our friends at Kimbolton Wines are also supporting cheetah conservation with the sale of their 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Cheetah Wine’. For each bottle sold, the winery donates part of the proceeds towards saving the species in the wild.
For more information or to book your tickets to Monarto Safari Park, please visit www.monartosafari.com.au.