Newborn Cheetahs Doing Well At St. Louis Zoo

1 decade 1 year 10 months ago Monday, November 20 2006 Nov 20, 2006 Monday, November 20, 2006 4:45:26 PM CST November 20, 2006 in News
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The first-time mother, Lucia, is raising the cubs in her maternity den in an area out of view from the public at the River's Edge exhibit of the zoo. Lucia is on loan from a wildlife sanctuary in Florida. The father is Shanto, brought to St. Louis four years ago from a breeding center in The Netherlands. The cubs, two males and two females, weigh about two pounds each and are beginning to open their eyes. The mother and cubs will remain out of public view for several months. The cheetah is endangered throughout Africa. The cheetah population is down to about 12,000.

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