Cheetah Cubs Now on Exhibit at Safari Park | NBC 7 San Diego

Cheetah Cubs Now on Exhibit at Safari Park

Each cub weighs approximately 15 to 20 pounds



    Ken Bohn/San Diego Zoo Safari Park
    The "Swift Six" cheetah cubs are now on exhibit at their home at San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

    Six four-month-old cheetah cubs born just before Thanksgiving last year are now on exhibit in their new home at the Safari Park.

    This is the first time visitors to the park will be able to see the cubs, who have been at an offsite breeding center at the Safari Park since they were born.

    Each cub weighs approximately 15 to 20 pounds.

    The four female cubs, Darlene, Geisel, L.C., and Mary Jane, and two male cubs, Donald and Copley, live with their mother Addison near the rhinos and giraffes just off the African Tram Safari Route.

    The cubs are the second litter for Addison and the biggest for the park to date.

    The Safari Park is one of nine breeding facilities as part of the cheetah Breeding Center Coalition, (BCC) whose goal is to create a sustainable cheetah population that will prevent extinction.

    It’s estimated that the worldwide population of cheetahs has been reduced from 100,000 in 1900 to just 10,000 left today, with about 10% now living in zoos or wildlife parks.