Three new Cheetah chubs have been officially welcomed to Taronga Zoo. Born on the 20th of October 2016 the three new cheetah cubs, one male, two females have grown up under their ever-present mother, Kyan.
“The cubs are just over five months old now and are thriving. They are all developing quite distinct personalities and growing in confidence every day,” said Keeper, Jordan Michelmore.
The cubs have been affectionately named Obi, Nyasa and Zahara, Obi meaning heart in Nigerian, Nyasa meaning water in Malawi and Zahara meaning flower in Swahili.
“It has been a real pleasure watching them grow so far. Obi is very shy whilst Nyasa, the smallest of the trio, is actually the bravest and usually is the first to try new things. Zahara is also quite confident,” said Jordan.
Kyan is becoming a little more relaxed now that the Cubs are getting older. She is still quite protective and always keeps a watchful eye on them.
The trio are completely on solid food now and generally prefer to spend time together and in close proximity to their mother.
“They have just started to venture out on to the exhibit and whilst they are a little shy at present, they will continue to grow in confidence and spend more time playing and exploring over the coming weeks,” said Jordan.
This is the best time to see the Cubs as they are still playful. According to the keeper, the best time to visit them is in the morning, while they’re awake and annoying their mother.
Cheetahs, though not endangered are considered vulnerable, so every new cub born to Taronga is particularly precious due to their low numbers in the wild.
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