Cheetah Cubs Explore Colchester Zoo
Three cheetah cubs born at the zoo in July are exploring life in their outdoor enclosure.
1. Colchester Zoo Cheetah Cubs
Milawi, a male and Tatu and Savannah, the two females were born after successful breeding of Colchester Zoo’s male cheetah, Jack and female, Uria.
2. Colchester Zoo Cheetah Cubs
At first all three cubs were very tentative, and stayed close with mum at the entrance of the enclosure.
3. Colchester Zoo Cheetah Cubs
They are now all beginning to become more confident and independent as they are beginning to leave Uria’s side and explore their new surroundings.
4. Colchester Zoo Cheetah Cubs
The cubs are being let out into their enclosure regularly and can be seen down at the Edge of Africa section during the half-term.
5. Colchester Zoo Cheetah Cubs
Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals and catch their prey in high speed chases of up to 60 miles per hour.
6. Colchester Zoo Cheetah Cubs
In the wild they are found in Africa and in small areas of the Middle East but their populations have decreased by as much as 30% in the last 18 years.
7. Colchester Zoo Cheetah Cubs
Colchester Zoo hope that Uria and Jack will continue to breed successfully in the future to help support the captive population of cheetahs.