On Dec. 6, 2010, female Amani gave birth to a single male cub, Nick. This was the first birth of a cheetah cub at SCBI, marking the beginning of the facility’s successful cheetah breeding program.
Keepers had to hand-raise Nick for 13 days before they could foster him with the next female to give birth. This is often how single cubs are raised to increase their chance of survival. Cheetahs that give birth to only one cub cannot produce enough milk to keep the cub alive. Nick and his foster sister, Maggie, were raised together by Zazi, Maggie’s mother.