The Saint Louis Zoo announced this week the birth of eight cheetah cubs on Nov. 26, 2017. The cubs, three males and five females, will remain with their mother, Bingwa, in a private, indoor maternity den in the River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Center for several months.
“She has quickly become adept at caring for her very large litter of cubs — grooming, nursing and caring for them attentively,” said Steve Bircher, curator of mammals/carnivores at the Saint Louis Zoo.
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.
Saint Louis Zoo is located at Government Dr., St. Louis, MO. Admission is free.