The cheetah cubs, one male and two females, were born at the beginning of July and have been named Malawi, Savannah and Tatu respectively. By the time we finally made it down to Colchester Zoo to see them, they were 4 months old.
When we arrived at the enclosure, the cubs were sleeping under the watchful eye of their mother. Luckily for us, they were coming to the end of their afternoon snooze so we didn’t have to wait long for them to wake up.Mother and cubs posed briefly on the rocks for us but the cubs got bored very quickly. They wanted to play!
After a few unsuccessful attempts at breeding Uria by sending her to other zoos, it seems the secret to success was to bring a male cheetah to her at Colchester Zoo. Jack was introduced to Uria earlier this year and the pair hit it off immediately. Whilst many hail this successful pairing as being down to “computer dating”, what many people may not know is that unlike most of the cat family, Cheetahs actually have to fancy each other in order to mate.
Many congratulations to Uria and Jack.