On August 12th, Gdansk Zoo’s female cheetah, Vega, gave birth to 5 healthy kittens. This is an extraordinary event, because it is the first birth of this species at the zoo and the second this year among European zoos. The breeding of cheetahs in zoos is very difficult and requires both a large area of enclosure, as well as the experience of zookeepers. This year, after the second attempt, Gdansk succeeded, and after 90 days of gestation, they had new individuals of this endangered species. When they are grown enough to be fully vaccinated, they will be on view to guests along with their mother.
Carnivore keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, welcomed a litter of two cheetah cubs. First-time mother, 4-year-old female Amani, birthed the cubs Oct. 3 around 9:17 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. ET. This is also the first litter sired by 7-year-old father Asante. As the first offspring of both parents, the cubs are genetically valuable. They appear to be strong, active, vocalizing and nursing well. Animal care staff are closely monitoring Amani and her cubs’ behaviors via the Cheetah Cub Cam on the Zoo’s website. Virtual visitors can also observe Amani and her cubs on this temporary platform until the cubs leave the dens.
The Saving Wildcats conservation partnership project is celebrating a successful first breeding season, welcoming a total of 22 wildcat kittens who could be among the first of their species to be released into the wild in Britain.
Led by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), Saving Wildcats is working with national and international experts to restore Scotland’s critically endangered wildcat population by breeding and releasing them into carefully selected locations in the Cairngorms National Park.
Get ready for double the cuteness! Beginning Friday, September 9, OKC Zoo guests will have an opportunity to view the Zoo’s critically endangered Sumatran tiger cub siblings, Luna and Bob, along with their mom, Lola, at their Cat Forest habitat. Mom and cubs will be viewable from 9 to 11 a.m. daily.
Behind-The-Scenes Kitten Update for Fossil Rim Wildlife Center's Black-footed Kittens.
Previously On ZooBorns:
Two black-footed cat kittens, Stewie (male) and Meg (female) born on July 3, 2022 at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas. Born to Bandit, 2 yrs old, this was her first litter and she's been a superstar mom so far.
This adorable footage was posted by the Toronto Zoo about 3 weeks ago, when the cubs (first appearing on ZooBorns in January: https://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2022/01/your-toronto-zoo-welcomes-birth-of-cheetah-cubs.html
) were still too small to reliably sex. Until they are fully vaccinated and the weather warms up, the new family will remain cozy in their indoor habitat. As they grow and get stronger, they will gradually be introduced to their behind-the-scenes outdoor habitats, and eventually to the main cheetah habitat where you will be able to see them later this spring.
Since the time of this video, The cheetah cubs have received their first full examination from the Veterinary team! We are excited to announce that they have two boys and one girl!
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Healthy cub born on March 15; Remains behind the scenes at the new Pepper Family Wildlife Center
CHICAGO (March 17, 2022) – The African lion pride at Pepper Family Wildlife Center has grown by one! Lincoln Park Zoo is roaring with excitement to share the arrival of a healthy cub. On March 15, 3-year-old African lion Zari (Zar-ee) gave birth to a cub as part of the African Lion Species Survival Plan® (SSP), a collaborative population management effort across Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)-accredited institutions.
The cub has yet to be sexed or named. Lion gestation lasts 3½ to four months. After birth, African lion young begin nursing within 24 hours, and they open their eyes within a few days. Over the next several weeks, the cub will become more mobile and curious, beginning to explore its surroundings.
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While Nashville Zoo Caracal kitten River and Ember left January 10 to go to the Chattanooga Zoo, two new caracal kittens were born the same week to adult caracals living in a behind-the-scenes area of the Zoo. The kittens are being hand-reared by the Zoo's veterinary and carnivore teams for eventual close-up experiences with zoo visitors. This makes 12 caracals to be born here at the Zoo!
You can catch these two on a webcam at the Zoo's Website: https://www.nashvillezoo.org/baby-boom
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The Zoo Knoxville African lion cubs names have been chosen, Maji and Anga! The names are Swahili in origin, Maji for the male meaning water and Anga for the female translating to sky. These little ones just turned a month old and are growing up so fast. This week they began visits to the Valley of the Kings for howdy with their parents.