February 5, 2023

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium proudly announces the beginning of four Cheetah cubs on November 4. 2022. The four cubs were born to mother Clio and father Refu at the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park.

“These cubs are a wonderful example of the collaboration gains amid zoos,” reported Dr. Jason Herrick, Vice President of Conservation and Animal Overall health for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. “Not extensive in the past, cheetahs were regarded just one of the extra hard species to breed in zoos. Over the very last few of decades, the users of the Countrywide Cheetah Breeding Centre Coalition, like our Wildlife Safari Park, have worked together to really figure out how to breed cheetahs.”

Members of the community might not notice that there is about four-acre cheetah breeding facility off-exhibit at the Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park that permits area for cheetahs to roam, offers them a lot more privateness and much more carefully resembles their organic habitat. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is 1 of 9 Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited institutions that take part in the Nationwide Cheetah Breeding Heart Coalition.

“In addition to the spacious, off-show services and devoted care staff members, the key ingredient seems to be option,” stated Dr. Herrick. “For most species, we set-up one male and a person woman on a substantial stakes blind date and hope for the best. With cheetahs, the big services allow us to maintain several males and females, which lets them to choose their mate among quite a few qualified bachelors or bachelorettes.” Dr. Herrick continued, “The consequence has been 29 cubs born at our Wildlife Safari Park considering the fact that 2014 and a incredibly healthy inhabitants of cheetahs in U.S. zoos.”

Clio came to Omaha in April 2022 from White Oak Conservation Centre in Yulee, Florida and is 5 a long time previous. Refu came from Maryland Zoo in Baltimore in March 2019 and is 8 years previous. This is the second set of 4 cubs that Refu has sired. The very first-time mom is attentive and the cubs are nursing. The mom and cubs have been left predominately undisturbed to facilitate the bonding course of action. It is predicted that the cubs will have their initially examination by the Zoo’s veterinary team on December 19.

Twenty cheetahs dwell at the Wildlife Safari Park, including 11 males, 5 ladies and the four cubs (unsexed). In addition, 5 ladies (four sisters and their mom) stay in the Scott African Grasslands at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, whilst two males, who are part of the Zoo’s Interactive Animals Application, dwell off-exhibit. Cheetahs are listed as susceptible on the Global Union for Conservation of Nature’s Crimson Listing of Threatened Species and there are only 12,000 to 15,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild.

Lee G. Simmons Wildlife Safari Park in Ashland, Nebraska is now closed for the winter and typically opens again around March 1. Please test the Zoo’s website at OmahaZoo.com, the Wildlife Safari Park’s site at WildlifeSafariPark.com, and social media channels on Fb, Instagram and Twitter for the latest information and the most current schedule.