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[Zoonaute news] Early Easter treat for cheetah cubs

le Dim 27 Oct 2013, 16:22
Publié le 29 mars

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s six cheeky cheetah cubs enjoyed a cracking good time – as they were given an early Easter treat.

Painted “Easter eggs” filled with meaty treats were scattered in the Zoo’s Cheetah Rock enclosure to form part of the sextuplet’s enrichment activities, stimulating their natural curiosity and making them work for the tasty food inside.

Head of Africa section, Mark Holden, said: “As it’s their first Easter we wanted to do something special for cheetah cubs. All six of them are really inquisitive by nature and love investigating new things; their specially made eggs sparked their curiosity and playful natures as they worked out how to reach their food.”

The 10-month-old cubs are the second litter of Northern cheetah to be born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and are providing a valuable rearing experience for mum, Dubai, of this endangered species. They were born two years after Dubai gave birth to her first cubs, which were the very first litter of Northern cheetah cubs ever born in the UK.

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)
- ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s cheetah cubs were born as part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme (EEP).
- Cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 100km per hour (70mph) and are the world's fastest land mammal. However, they can only run at their prey for relatively short distances, so prefer to creep up on and then spring into action.
- Their name derives from a Hindi word – Chita – which means ‘the spotted one’
- Like the different features on every human face, different spot patterns in the Cheetah’s coat makes each one unique
- Cheetah cubs are born with long, grey fur. This helps them to camouflage with their surroundings, as well as resembling the markings of the formidable honey badger, which may help to deter predators.
- Cheetah conservation has been a major focus for ZSL since 1991. In Tanzania ZSL has been carrying out the longest running in depth study of a wild cheetah population.

Easter at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
- Whipsnade Easter Egg-stravaganza takes place from Friday 29 March to Monday 1 April 2013 when the Zoo will be open from 10am to 6pm.
- The Easter bunny has hidden golden eggs all around the Zoo with youngsters able to follow the clues to find the hidden eggs and work out the secret Easter password, which they can use to collect a special prize from the Easter Bunny himself.
- Easter themed arts and crafts are also taking place.
- There will be three shows each day at Sealion Splash and Birds of the World, and the Jumbo Express steam train will be giving rides throughout the holidays.



© ZSL

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