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Cheetah cubs make public debut

Taronga Western Plains Zoo’s three Cheetah cubs along with their mother Kyan will make their media debut today on exhibit.

Born on 20 October 2016, the three Cheetah cubs, one male and two females, have been growing and developing well behind the scenes under the watchful eye of 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.

Keepers have named the three Cheetah cubs, with ‘Obi’ meaning heart in Nigerian chosen for the male, and ‘Nyasa’ meaning water in Malawi and ‘Zahara’ meaning flower in Swahili chosen for the females.

“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.

The school holidays are a great time to see the cubs as they are at a really playful, active stage of their development. The best time of the day to see them is in the morning.

Cheetahs are classified as vulnerable, so every birth is extremely valuable to the global population given their low numbers in the wild.

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