International Society For Endangered Cats

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Meet The North African Cheetah Cubs

At just one month old, these little North African Cheetah cubs made their debut earlier this month at the Whipsnade Zoo in the UK.  There are only believed to be about 250 North African Cheetahs left in the wild and these cubs were planned as part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Program.

The tiny month-old cubs – three males and two females – have been named Itjane, Sanne, Tlata, Rabaa and Khamssa, which translates as numbers one, two, three, four and five in the North African language of Berber, spoken in Algeria where their critically endangered species originates.

Born to first-time mum Dubai, the little loving family are all doing well and will move into their public home in the Zoo’s Cheetah Rock enclosure this month.

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL), which runs ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, works in Algeria to help protect these cheetahs in the wild, and conservationists from ZSL were the first to record camera-trap images of the elusive species in 2009.


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