WINSTON, Ore. — Wildlife Safari announced the birth of the first cheetah cubs born in the western United States in 2013.
The two cubs were born Thursday night and have been monitored by staff on a 24 hour basis. Both cubs are active and nursing off their first time mom, Moonfire, who was born at the park in 2007.
Park staff says they are very happy about the accomplishments of the cheetah program.
“Cheetahs are one of the hardest animals to breed in captivity, even though we are the largest cheetah breeding program in North America every litter we have is as huge milestone,” said Sarah Roy, Wildlife Safari Carnivore Supervisor.
Since the park opened in 1972, 173 cheetah cubs have been born.
Photo courtesy of Wildlife Safari.