3. Running Through the Den
On May 29, cheetah keepers heard quite a bit of rustling and chirping in the grass. They caught glimpses of the cubs playing and pouncing on each other, and their very patient mom, Echo!
If you’re a regular Cheetah Cub Cam viewer, you know that the back door of the den is open. This is to encourage the cubs to play in, around and behind the den. Keepers say the cubs seem to have fun running though!
2. Echo Sets an Example
Our cheetah cubs are becoming more brave when it comes to exploring their yard. They are also getting the hang of moving quickly through the tall grass. To encourage the cubs to eat meat, keepers are offering Echo her daily diet at the fence.
As part of SCBI’s positive reinforcement training program, the adult cheetahs accept meatballs from a soon while keepers get a good look at their overall body condition. As keepers were feeding Echo, the cubs were curious and came over to keep an eye on mom and check out what was happening. They mostly stayed safely behind and on top of her while she enjoyed her meal.
1. The Cubs Eat Meat
Our cheetah cubs tried meat for the first time May 27! Although they were initially a bit shy about approaching the fence, mom called to them with a “stutter” vocalization to let them know it was safe to come over. They quickly discovered the meat provided via spoon! They just took a small taste this time, but it won’t be long before they are sharing Echo’s daily meal.
This story was featured in the June 2020 issue of National Zoo News. Love the cheetah cubs? Check them out on the Cheetah Cub Cam!