The Bingwa Bunch exploring April 26, 2018.Photo by Roger Brandt, Saint Louis Zoo.
Visitors to the Saint Louis Zoo may soon catch a glimpse of the eight 5-month-old cheetah cubs born Nov. 26, 2017. The cubs, which have been dubbed the "Bingwa Bunch" in honor of their mother, will have access to the River's Edge habitat beginning Friday, May 4.
The cubs, three males and five females, remained with their mother in a private, indoor maternity den in the River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Center after their birth. The zoo's Carnivore keepers recently began introducing them to the public habitat; according to zoo officials, the cubs have been energetic and interested in exploring their new environment. Note that the zoo cannot guarantee when visitors will be able to view the "Bingwa Bunch," as the mother and her cubs may choose to stay behind the scenes.
Both 4-year-old Bingwa and 9-year-old father, Jason, are on loan at the Saint Louis Zoo as part of a breeding recommendation from the AZA Cheetah Species Survival Plan (SSP). Cheetahs once were widely prevalent in Africa and Asia but today, fewer than 10,000 cheetahs remain in Africa and fewer than 100 in Iran. Cheetahs have become extinct in more than a dozen countries. The Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation of Carnivores in Africa is helping to coordinate cheetah conservation efforts in Tanzania and Namibia. Interested in learning more about conservation efforts at the Saint Louis Zoo? Read our recent interview with a zoological manager at the Saint Louis Zoo.
Saint Louis Zoo is located at Government Dr., St. Louis, MO. Admission is free.