Cheetah Cub Cam FAQs
Echo is a 5-year-old cheetah living at SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia. She previously lived at White Oak Conservation Center in Florida and joined the SCBI breeding program in June 2016. She is a very feisty and confident female.
This is Echo’s first pregnancy. Keepers have high hopes for her as a cheetah mom, as she was raised by her own cheetah mom without any human intervention. This means she has a good chance of having learned cheetah-mom behaviors from the best teacher — her mom!
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s legacy of conservation work extends beyond the public Zoo in Washington, D.C., to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Scientists at SCBI study and breed more than 20 species, including some that were once extinct in the wild, such as black-footed ferrets and scimitar-horned oryx.
Animals thrive in specialized barns and building complexes spread over more than 1,000 acres. The sprawling environment allows for unique studies that contribute to the survival of threatened, difficult-to-breed species with distinct needs, especially those requiring large areas, natural group sizes and minimal public disturbance.