The Zoo is open! Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask in all indoor spaces at the Zoo, regardless of their vaccination status. Fully vaccinated visitors do not need to wear a mask in outdoor areas.
Cheetah Rosalie gave birth to five cubs Tuesday, Oct. 12! Get all the chirping cheetah cub action on this webcam streaming live from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia. Stay up to date with the latest cheetah news, and follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so you never miss an adorable moment.
Built for speed, the cheetah can accelerate from zero to 45 in just 2.5 seconds and reach top speeds of 60 to 70 mph, making it the fastest land mammal! The cheetah's spotted coat helps it camouflage among the dry grasses of the African savanna where it lives.