St. Louis Zoo

WATCH: Cheetah Cubs Race, Pounce, and Stalk Around the St. Louis Zoo

April 4, 2018
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By Kayla Jardine/Joe Cingrana

Cheetah cubs at the St. Louis Zoo are racing for their spots!

The eight adorable cubs are enjoying playing all throughout their enclosure. Like siblings should, the four-month-old cats are just learning to pounce and stalk together, while their mother Bingwa, sits nearby and watches them carefully. The cubs, three males, and five females were born at the zoo's River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Center on November 26, 2017, and have remained behind the scenes in their indoor maternity den until now -- this first chance to explore outside.

The fast-paced siblings seem to love exploring their surroundings at the zoo... and it looks like they’re really getting in their exercise too!

Zoo staff hope to introduce the cheetahs to their public habitat later this spring. A date has so far not been set. 

The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN as it has suffered a substantial decline due to habitat loss, poaching, and the illegal pet trade.

To help protect cheetahs in the wild, the Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Institute Center for Conservation of Carnivores in Africa is working with its partners in Tanzania and Namibia to coordinate conservation efforts, including education, research and other programs to mitigate human-cheetah conflicts.

To learn more about the ST. Louis Zoo's #BingwaBunch, visit STLZoo.org.