If you are in or around Co. Cork over the next couple of months then pop by and say hello to the newest edition to the Northern Cheetah population. Today Fota WildLife park are introducing the two male Cheetah cubs born at the end of July to the public. You can see mum Nimpy and her cubs (not yet named) in their enclosure. Lead warden Kelly Lambe said “We have been watching these cubs as close as we can without interfering over the last few weeks and they have fed from mum all the time without any issues which is fantastic”
Speaking at Fota earlier today, Director of Fota Wildlife Park, Sean McKeown said, “All of the staff at the park are delighted with the birth of our two cheetah cubs and the exceptional progress they have made in the last month.”
Cheetahs bred in Fota Wildlife Park have been sent to many breeding centres around the world over the last 29 years as part of the endangered species programme. This involvement in such programmes helps ensure that the world’s fastest animal does not become extinct with an estimated 250 Northern Cheetahs existing in the wild, thus the birth of these cubs is very significant for their population.
Fota Wildlife Park is now asking the public to suggest a name for the cubs via their website. The person who chooses the name the park like the most will get to see the cheetahs and other animals up close on one of the park’s Wild Experiences which takes individuals and families behind the scenes at Cork’s most visited attraction.
To suggest a name for the cubs visit www.fotawildlife.ie/cheetahcubs and fill in the form with your suggestion.