Twelve Cheetah Cubs Born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Two mama cheetahs, Happy & Miti, each gave birth to cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Ten of the twelve born survived making this the largest influx of cheetahs ever at SCBI. It doubled the population of cheetahs at the facility! Both mothers are reportedly doing well and proving to be attentive to the 10 surviving healthy cubs, which have all been successfully nursing. There are five female cubs and five males cubs! Congrats to Happy & Miti!
Wild Cheetah Populations are at less than 8,000 November 2016 In the scientific journal of the National Academy of Sciences a study of wild cheetahs was published.
This study looked at cheetah populations OUTSIDE of protected areas and concluded that cheetahs are at risk for extinction.
Cheetahs are facing diminishing numbers because an estimated 67% of the cheetah population live OUTSIDE of protected areas. These cheetahs face multiple threats (SEE THREATS TO CHEETAHS) while existing in small isolated populations, are failing to reproduce at a rate high enough to offset population decline and are living on fragmented land caused by large-scale fencing, land grabs & political instability.
The study states that conservation-reliant cheetahs (i.e. cheetahs at CCF) are important in maintaining connectivity and securing long-term populations outside protected areas. Recommending a holistic approach to conservation.
*The Global Decline of Cheetah Acinonyx Jubatus and What it Means for Conservation cheetah.org/site/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Durant-et-al-Global-decline-of-cheetah.pdf
A Decision to Fight the Illegal Trade of Cheetahs October 4, 2016 was a great day for cheetahs, cheetah lovers and young kids of today. In Johannesberg, South Africa, the 17th Conference of the Parities of the Convention of International Trade on Endangered Species (known as CITES) made seven decisions to fight the illegal trade of cheetahs.
CITES meets every three years and is made up of 183 member countries, as well as concerned national and international non-governmental organizations. This very important organization meets to discuss and vote on decisions that affect the most endangered species on earth, like cheetahs.
Present was Dr. Laurie Marker who played a pivotal part in creating awareness at CITES and stated “Cheetah is the least aggressive of all the big cats, and thus a preferred pet for many people in some areas the world. Unfortunately, most of these animals are sourced from the wild, mainly northeast Africa, putting wild sub-populations under tremendous pressure.”
“The decisions adopted today at CoP17 are a very important first step, and the culmination of a 3-year effort by a coalition of many countries led by Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, who submitted the issue to CITES for the first time in 2013, and by a working group of member Parties and non-governmental organisations chaired by the State of Kuwait.” (CCF press release 2016)
Cheetahs will have a much better chance of survival now that there will be a stronger fight against the selling and buying (trafficking) cheetahs WORLDWIDE.
Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute October 2015 The National Zoo welcomes 3 new chirping cheetah cubs.! They were born to first-time mom, Sanurra, Oct. 16, and appear to be healthy and thriving. The National Zoo is working to create a sustainable population living in human care and are studying cheetah reproduction for the benefit of the entire species. Exciting news!! Follow them on Facebook and see how quickly cheetah cubs grow.
Phoenix ZOO November 2014 Cheetahs are back at the Phoenix Zoo! Three 15-month-old cheetah brothers arrived at the Zoo in November and are now out on exhibit. The boys come to the Zoo from White Oak Conservation Center in Florida where they were born. Check out Phoenixzoo.org Visit during the beautiful winter months in Arizona & see the cheetah brothers on the African Trail.
Good News! New cheetah cubs at White Oak Conservation Park, FL JULY 2014 White Oak has four new cubs, three females and a male. The first cub is a little female born on July 6th. She was the only cub in the litter (cheetah litters are normally larger with 3 - 6 cubs), so they were very concerned about maternal care after a few days so they placed her in the nursery where she got 24-hour attention from their dedicated staff for the next few days. Meanwhile, another cheetah at White Oak gave birth to three cubs on July 15th. After it was determined that the mother was taking excellent care of her cubs, they were able to place the cub from the nursery in with the litter on July 22nd, where she has lived ever since. The mother of the litter treats the new cub like one of her own and her 'adoptive' siblings do the same. 'Fostering' a single cub into another litter is an excellent way to avoid handraising and helps to ensure the cub will grow up 'cheetah'. This is the third time White Oak has fostered cubs together and it has proven to be very successful. Check out White Oak Conservation Facebook for more information. Congratulations White Oak!
Cheetah fan Anna Fenninger from Austria wins 2 medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi! And wins the overall World Cup! Congrats Cheetah Fan!!!(March 2014)
Phoenix Zoo loses it's last male cheetah, Juma
The Phoenix Zoo's remaining cheetah, a 9-year-old male named Juma, died Thursday after fighting severe, chronic renal disease, the zoo stated.
Juma had kidney disease which was discovered over a year ago by Phoenix zookeepers and veterinary staff.
Juma's death comes after his brother and littermate, Ratel, died Jan. 24 of what pathology exams later determined was myocardial fibrosis and heart failure.
The cats arrived together to the Phoenix Zoo in April 2006, shared an outdoor area on a hillside with a view and portrayed a tight brotherly coalition.
These cheetahs were the first live cheetahs we saw when we visited the Phoenix Zoo in 2006 and were an inspiration for starting the Cheetah Kids non-profit.
Draco, National Zoo
Cheetah Health at the National Zoo:
The National Zoo is mourning the loss of eight-year-old adult male cheetah, Draco, who was humanely euthanized earlier this morning. A final pathology report will provide more information. Typically, male cheetahs in human care have a median lifespan of ten years. Longevity studies have not been conducted in the wild.
Time For Kids January 18, 2013 Issue
TIME for KIDS features Dr. Laurie Marker & Cheetah Conservation Fund
Cheetah fans EVERYWHERE!
Another cheetah lover celebrates her birthday with cheetahs!
Thanks for caring about cheetahs!
Happy Birthday cheetah fan in Wisconsin!
Cheetah Kid Skyler with his class project about cheetahs. Way to go Skyler!
Many years of research are celebrated in the birth of two cheetah cubs
at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute—the first cheetahs
(Acinonyx jubatus) born at the Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
facility in Front Royal, Va.
The cubs were born to two separate
females; the first to 5-year-old Amani Dec. 6, the second to 9-year-old
Zazi Dec. 16. Cheetahs that give birth to only one cub, called a
singleton, cannot produce enough milk to keep the cub alive. Typically,
females in the wild will let a single cub die, after which they will
enter estrus and breed again to theoretically produce a larger litter.
So scientists at SCBI resorted to an alternative technique. The cub born
to Amani, a first-time mother, was hand-raised for 13 days before being
placed with Zazi, creating a litter of two that will likely help
stimulate milk production from Zazi. Researchers have observed both cubs
nursing from Zazi.
Cheetah Kids in the NEWS
From The Arizona Daily Star: Click to link to story
Certificate of recognition from Senator McCain
Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup and Cameron
It was great to meet Jungle Jack in Arizona. He is the nicest person. Please check out his website, www.jackhanna.com, and be sure to watch his tv show, "Into the Wild", it is awesome!
Big Cheetah News
Dr. Laurie Marker is ABC News Person of the week! Watch Dan Harris' report from the CCF in Namibia.
Smithsonian magazine, March 2008
Can Laurie Marker help the world's fastest mammal outrun its fate?
Rare Saharan Cheetah photographed through Camera Trap Study. Link to CCF to learn more.
New Cheetah Science Facility Opens, Front Royal, VA (2007)
The National Zoo broke ground on a nine-acre Cheetah Science Facility at our Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia. The facility plans to house 14 to 20 cheetahs in spacious, outdoor enclosures, with indoor spaces for inclement weather. The facility includes an animal-care building to house animal keepers and researchers and allow them to observe, manage, and care for the animals.
In November 2004, for the first time in the Zoo’s history, a litter of cubs was born. Another litter was born the following April. These nine cubs, which have left for other zoos, are the result of the Zoo’s participation in the Cheetah Species Survival Plan.
The current residents of the facility are Zazi, a female that had been at the Zoo since 2004 and had a litter in 2005, and Ally, a female that arrived from Oregon's Wild Safari in 2008.
Cheetah Kids visits National Zoo & Craig Saffoe, 2007
CHEETAHKIDS.COM went to the National Zoo in Washington D.C. Check out "Cheetah Chat" to meet Craig Saffoe, Head Cheetah Keeper from the African Savanna and learn more about the amazing cheetahs.
Three Cheetahs at the National Zoo, Washington D.C. (June 2007)
On June 1, 2007 three cheetah brothers made their public debut at the Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station. The two-year-old cats came to the Zoo from the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida, to breed. The brothers are named Draco, Granger, and Zabini, after characters in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of novels. See update above (January 2014). CLICK TO READ MORE.
Cheetah Conservation Fund Bush Project
Namibian farmers, once the main threat to the Cheetah population, are now becoming their main protectors.
“We’ve taken a problem and turned it around into a multitude of solutions” -Dr. Laurie Marker, CCF
is one of the last refuges of the remaining world Cheetah population. A
quarter of all the remaining cats are found in Nambia. It is estimated
their numbers globally have declined by over 90% in the last 100 years.
A local thorn bush species is invading the savannah in the country,
causing over US$90 million each year in lost revenue to Namibian
farmers, whilst also destroying the native habitat of the fastest of
the cats. Now the Cheetah Conservation Fund has pioneered a scheme to
clear the thorn bush and turn it into cheap fuel briquettes. The
project is creating jobs at the same time as helping to restore the
hunting ground of the endangered cheetah.