As the season changes and the temperature drops in Front Royal, Virginia, cheetah Echo and her 6-month-old cubs will spend more time inside, snuggling up to stay warm. Cheetahs do well in colder temperatures and grow a thick winter coat. Heated dens—complete with a hefty helping of hay bedding—will help the family stay warm on chilly days.
In September, keepers presented the cubs with two new enrichment items. The first, a cube made of recycled firehose, is portable enough for them to play “keep away” with one another and durable enough to stand up to pouncing (not to mention claw and teeth marks). They seemed to enjoy chewing on it!
We also placed a bubble machine just outside their enclosure. They approached it quite cautiously and appeared to be intrigued by this odd device. They watched intently as the bubbles were carried off by the wind.