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Help the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Name Its Cheetah Cubs

  • cheetah cub being held in a gloved hand
  • cheetah cub with its mouth open being held in a gloved hand

The public is invited to help name five of the 10 cheetah cubs born in late March at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia.

There are fewer than 10,000 cheetahs in the wild, and researchers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are working to study, care for and help save the world's fastest land mammal. Each and every cub plays a significant role in improving the health of the population of cheetahs in human care and represents hope for the species overall.

In celebration of Earth Day and the #EarthOptimism Summit, the five cubs, three females and two males, will be named after groundbreaking conservationists.

Voting, hosted by CBS News, closes on Friday, April 21 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Click here to cast your vote.