According to a news release from the zoo, five-year-old Rosalie gave birth to the quintuplets Tuesday morning at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, バージニア. The cubs are said to be “強い, アクティブ, ボーカル, and eating well.”
Rosalie, a first-time mom, and her cubs can be viewed via the Cheetah Cub Cam on the National Zoo’s website. Staff is also monitoring the cats’ behaviors with webcam footage and plan to conduct a health check when the mother is comfortable leaving her young “for an extended period of time,” リリースごと.
“Seeing Rosalie successfully care for this litter — her first — with confidence is very rewarding,” said Adrienne Crosier, a cheetah reproductive biologist at SCBI and head of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Cheetah Species Survival Plan, in the release.
“Being able to witness the first moments of a cheetah’s life is incredibly special,” 彼女は付け加えた. “As webcam viewers watch our cheetah family grow, play and explore their surroundings, we hope the experience brings them joy and helps them feel a deeper connection to this vulnerable species.”
SCBI says SSP scientists paired Rosalie with 10-year-old Nick, the first cheetah born at the facility, 7月上旬に.
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SCBI is one of 10 cheetah breeding centers in the United States participating in the Cheetah Breeding Center Coalition with the goal of both creating and maintaining a sustainable North American cheetah population under human care.
Sixteen litters of cheetah cubs have been born at SCBI since 2007, リリースごと. Only an estimated 7,000 に 7,500 cheetahs are left in the wild.