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Latest Cheetah Cub News

Cheetah mom Rosalie nurses five cubs on a bed of straw
Oct. 12, 2021
Carnivore keepers at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, welcomed a litter of five cheetah cubs today.
Adrienne Croiser takes a selfie of a 16-day-old cheetah cub. The cub is sitting on a light green towel in her lap. Adrienne is sitting in a car. Her right hand has a royal blue latex glove on and holds the phone taking the photo.
Oct. 06, 2021
On Sunday, Oct. 3, a 2-week-old male cheetah cub was transferred to Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, and introduced to his foster cheetah family. Get the full story from cheetah reproductive biolog... read more
SCBI biologist Adrienne Crosier transferred a 2-week-old male cheetah cub from Front Royal, Virginia, to Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon.
Oct. 06, 2021
A 2-week-old male cheetah cub from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, was transferred to a new cheetah foster mother at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon, Sunday... read more
A 2-week-old cheetah cub lays perked up on a blanket. The blanket is white with a black pawprint pattern. The blanket sits on a dark-red concrete floor.
Oct. 01, 2021
Earlier this week, the 2-week-old cheetah cub we are temporarily hand-raising received a clean bill of health from the veterinary team! Get the full cubdate from biologist Adrienne Crosier.
A one-week-old cheetah cub props himself up on a light pink towel. Behind and to the right of him, there is a large, brown plush dog. Further behind and to the left is a plush cheetah.
Sep. 24, 2021
Get an inside look at the one-week-old cheetah cub animal care staff at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute are currently hand-raising in this #Cubdate Q&A with biologist Adrienne Crosier.
Male cheetah cub being bottle-fed formula.
Sep. 20, 2021
Animal care staff at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) are hand-raising a male cheetah cub for several weeks before placing the cub with a foster cheetah mother at another zoo. The... read more
Two cheetah cubs lay on a hammock bed in their yard.
Apr. 08, 2021
Celebrate Amabala, Erindi, Jabari and Hasani's first birthdays! Join animal keepers Amber Dedrick, Adri Kopp, and Becky Merritt and Cheetah biologist Adrienne Croiser as they look back on our cheetah... read more
One of the 11-month-old cheetah cubs lays on a fire hose hammock bed in its yard.
Mar. 15, 2021
Now that Echo's four cubs are 11 months old, keepers have started to train them to eat from their own bowls. Find out how the cheetah cubs are doing in this update.
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
One of the cheetah cubs looks at the camera with a snowy background behind it.
Feb. 25, 2021
At almost 11 months old, our cheetah cubs' personalities are shining! See Jabari, Hasani, Erindi and Amabala in the snow, and get an update on their training.
10-year-old Cheetah, Nick, lays in the grass.
Feb. 18, 2021
In December 2020, Smithsonian's Conservation and Biology Institute's cheetah breeding program celebrated a decade of success. Take a look at the top five most spot-acular accomplishments over the year...
One of cheetah Echo's cubs shows its developing teeth to its keeper.
Jan. 21, 2021
The cheetah cubs' adult teeth are coming in, and carnivore keepers are documenting each development. Echo's 9-month-old cubs are SCBI's first litter of cheetahs to participate in this type of tracking...
Amahle, the Zoo's 6-year-old female lion, lays with one of the enrichment balls in an indoor enclosure.
Jan. 08, 2021
Lions, tigers, cheetahs and bobcats – let’s play! Keepers Katy Juliano, Adri Kopp and Amber Dedrick know how to get the big cats they work with pouncing, roaring and purring for enrichment.
A close up photo of a cheetah cub's face with mouth open and tiny teeth showing
Dec. 28, 2020
From a litter of chirping cheetahs and the birth of a lovable giant panda cub to groundbreaking coral reef research and new strides in animal care, there were many milestones to celebrate this year.
Three of Cheetah Echo's cubs sit in their yard on some "furniture", including a new firehose bed.
Dec. 04, 2020
This International Cheetah Day, we are excited to look toward the future for both Echo’s nearly 8-month-old cubs and this vulnerable species.
A 6.5-month-old cheetah cub enjoys a horse knuckle bone for the first time!
Nov. 09, 2020
Echo’s 6.5-month-old cheetah cubs’ world is growing, just as they are all growing stronger and larger too. Catch the full cubdate from biologist Adrienne Crosier.
A five-month old cheetah cub explores its habitat at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
Oct. 13, 2020
This update was written by Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute cheetah biologist Adrienne Crosier and animal keeper intern Shannon Richard.
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 vocalizations.
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. 
Cheetah cub at SCBI July 24, 2020
Jul. 31, 2020
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute carnivore keeper Adri Kopp and intern Shannon Richard share the latest news on Echo's cheetah cubs, from weigh-ins to water play. 
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
SCBI carnivore keeper intern Shannon Richard shows how keepers are enriching the lives of our 3-month-old cheetah cubs. 
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. 
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
Echo's four cheetah cubs have really taken to their new diet. Watch a video of  the cubs chowing down as if they were cheetah pros.