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Latest Cheetah Cub News

Cheetah Justin (nicknamed "Gat") lays in the grass at the Cheetah Conservation Station.
Mar. 08, 2021
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are mourning the loss of Justin (nicknamed “Gat”), a male cheetah who died unexpectedly following a brief illness. Gat was 8 year... read more
A close up photo of a cheetah cub's face with mouth open and tiny teeth showing
Dec. 28, 2020
2020 was an unprecedented year for people across the globe, but even as the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute temporarily closed its doors to the public, its work to save s... read more
A five-month old cheetah cub explores its habitat at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Oct. 13, 2020
As the season changes and the temperature drops in Front Royal, Virginia, cheetah Echo and her 6-month-old cubs will spend more time inside, snuggling up to stay warm. Cheetahs do well in colder tempe... read more
Cheetah Echo and her 4-month-old cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Aug. 31, 2020
Mothers are not only our first friends, they are also our first teachers. In August, our wonderful cheetah mother Echo was busy teaching her 4.5-month-old cubs—female Amabala and males Jabari, Hasani... read more
As a reward for standing still during their weigh-ins, the cheetah cubs receive beef blood from a squeeze bottle.
Aug. 15, 2020
It is hard to believe that cheetah cubs Amabala, Jabari, Hasani and Erindi are already four months old! As the cubs grow, we want to ensure that they have a strong relationship with us. One way that w... read more
Cheetah cub at SCBI July 24, 2020
Jul. 31, 2020
Video As mentioned in our previous update, Echo’s cubs continue to grow big and strong, thanks to their hearty appetite for meat and frozen-thawed rabbits. Acclimating the cubs to the scale is a wo... read more
Three-month-old cheetah cub at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute plays with an enrichment toy.
Jul. 31, 2020
Grab a delicious snack with prehensile-tailed porcupine Quilliam, have a ball watching our cheetah cubs play and behold beaver Aspen as he fells a tree. July brought about many exciting moments, not t... read more
Three-month-old cheetah cub at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute plays with an enrichment toy.
Jul. 16, 2020
As many of you know, our 3-month-old cheetah cubs Amabala, Jabari, Hasani and Erindi sampled their first taste of meat at the end of May and are enthusiastic eaters! Although they still receive ground... read more
Cheetah cub laying in the grass.
Jul. 02, 2020
Romping through grassy pathways, taking a taste of meat and exploring exciting new places to play made June a jolly good month for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s cheetah family. Hear... read more
Giant panda Mei Xiang eats a "rainbow" cake in honor of Pride 2020 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Asia Trail habitat.
Jul. 02, 2020
A family meal among prairie dogs, the soothing sounds of a cheetah’s purr and a Pride cake fit for a giant panda. As summer kicks off at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institu... read more
4 cheetah cubs eat ground meat off of a metal tray
Jun. 10, 2020
If you have been keeping up with Echo's cubs, Hasani, Amabala, Erindi and Jabari, you know they have been hitting all their cheetah milestones right on track — including regularly eating meat. The... read more
Four photos of individual young cheetah cubs held by animal keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Jun. 05, 2020
In May, the cheetah cubs born April 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute experienced many exciting “firsts”—from passing their veterinary exam, to receiving their names, to taking a tas... read more
Red panda Asa eating a bamboo shoot at Asia Trail.
Jun. 05, 2020
Behold a brunch between a sloth and a golden lion tamarin, catch a close-up of newborn black-footed ferret kits and get a glimpse of giant pandas gorging themselves on bamboo shoots. All of these even... read more
Cheetah cubs Hasani, Amabla, Erindi and Jabari at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
May. 28, 2020
Meet Amabala, Jabari, Hasani and Erindi! Now that the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s cheetah cubs have names — thanks to your votes — keepers have bestowed them upon the cubs.... read more
Three tiny cheetah cubs sit in grass by their den
May. 21, 2020
Video The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is asking the public to help name the litter of four cheetah cubs born April 8 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Instit... read more
Five-week-old cheetah cubs in the tall grass.
May. 19, 2020
What does the world outside the cheetah cubs’ den look like? The grass is greener … and very tall! Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute keepers don’t mow a birthing yard until mom reliably bring... read more
A close up photo of a cheetah cub's face with mouth open and tiny teeth showing
May. 14, 2020
Great news: Echo moved her four cubs back into the den with a live webcam on Mother’s Day! So what have the cubs been up to? Read on for more. What are some of the most exciting things going on wit... read more