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Latest Cheetah Cub News

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
Infant western lowland gorilla Moke sits on a rock in a yard with grass and shrubs
May. 01, 2020
Chirping cheetah cubs, a birthday party fit for a gorilla and a Madagascar hedgehog tenrec indulging in some self-care with a dust bath—all of these events (and more) made for an eventful month at the... read more
a keeper holds a cheetah cub up to the camera
Apr. 29, 2020
If you have followed along with #Cubdates 1 through 3, by now you know that cheetah Echo’s four cubs are thriving. Last week, keepers sexed the cubs and learned that there are three boys and one... read more
four cheetah cubs in hay
Apr. 20, 2020
It was a busy week for Echo’s cheetah cubs! Not only did Echo move them to a new den, but keepers were able to weigh the cubs and determine their sex. Find out more in this Q&A with cheetah biolog... read more
several cheetah cubs up close. one has its mouth open with a pink tongue
Apr. 14, 2020
Today was a big day for keepers and cheetah cubs alike! For the first time, keepers were able to approach the four cubs born April 8 (and snap their photo). Read on in this Q&A with cheetah biolog... read more
a cheetah mother licks and nurses her cubs in a den filled with straw
Apr. 10, 2020
Video Want the latest on Echo and her four cubs? Keep reading for a quick #cubdate Q&A with cheetah biologist Adrienne Crosier. How are the cubs doing? The cubs are all active a... read more
A female cheetah cub lays on a bed of hay in a den where she has just given birth to three cubs. The three small, newborn cheetah cubs can be seen around her in the hay.
Apr. 08, 2020
B-roll for media use: Video Carnivore keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, are about to welcome a litter of chirping cheetah cubs. Five-year... read more
Two cheetahs at SCBI's cheetah ridge facility.
Apr. 03, 2020
Here at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, the carnivore team is gearing up for a very special arrival: cheetah cubs! As one of 10 facilities in the Cheetah Breed... read more
Cheetah Miti and her cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in 2018.
Mar. 24, 2020
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) are mourning the loss of two rare species—a cheetah and an Eld’s deer. The 10-year-old cheetah, a female named Miti, was huma... read more
Giant panda Tian Tian plays in the snow.
Feb. 28, 2020
Add a little sunshine to a gray winter day with a trip to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. There’s still plenty to see from December through March. This guide will help you plan for a cold-weather visi... read more
two cheetah cubs with their eyes closed lay in hay
Feb. 24, 2020
Scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and the Columbus Zoo have successfully transferred cheetah embryos produced by in vitro fertilization (IVF) to a surrogate cheetah m... read more
Cheetah Amani with one of her cubs in 2011 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Feb. 27, 2019
Amani (Ah-MON-ee), an elderly cheetah living at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, was humanely euthanized Feb. 19. The 13-year-old cheetah had been experiencing... read more
A scimitar-horned oryx calf rests in the grass under its mother
Dec. 28, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is dedicated to saving species. Every year, its team of conservationists here and around the globe works hard to make that mission a r... read more