Three Cheetah cubs born at White Oak on November 26 are growing rapidly and thriving under the care of their mother, Sweeney. Zooborns shared photos of the Cheetah cub trio when they were just one week old. The five-week-old cubs are now eagerly exploring their outdoor habitat, though they rarely stray far from mom, who serves as a climb-on toy, shady rest stop, and all-around comforter.
Sweeney is a first-time mother who is expertly caring for her babies. White Oak staff conducted a health check on the cubs, but they are allowing Sweeney to raise the cubs just as she would in the wild.
Cheetahs in the wild are in drastic decline. These stunning predators, capable of running at speeds up to 75 mph (120 km/h), are unable to outrun the threats to their survival. Low genetic diversity in both the wild and captive populations contributes to the challenges facing this species. About 12,500 Cheetahs remain in the wilds of eastern and southern Africa.
White Oak works collaboratively with the Species Survival Plan (SSP) of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) as well as the Conservation Center for Species Survival (C2S2). White Oak is one of the most successful Cheetah breeding centers in the world. These cubs are the 145th, 146th, and 147th Cheetah cubs born at White Oak.
Photo Credit: Karen Meeks