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New Cheetahs Debut at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo

  • Two cheetahs standing between tall grasses
    Cheetah brothers Donnie and Copley at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station. Photo: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • Two cheetahs standing behind a log
    Cheetah brothers Donnie and Copley at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station. Photo: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • A male cheetah
    Photo: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • Two cheetahs standing in the grass behind a fake termite mound
    Cheetah brothers Donnie and Copley at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station. Photo: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • A cheetah crouched on the ground next to some tall grasses
    Photo: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo
  • A cheetah standing in the grass
    Photo: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo

There is a brand new band of brothers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. A coalition of two male cheetahs made their debut at the Cheetah Conservation Station yesterday, Dec. 21. The 2-year-old brothers, Donnie and Copley, came to the Zoo from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Male cheetahs live in social groups called coalitions, usually made up of brothers. Donnie and Copley will rotate daily on exhibit with the Zoo’s two other resident cheetahs, Gat and Bakari.

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Photos Credit: Roshan Patel, Smithsonian's National Zoo