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Rejected Cheetah Cubs Hand-Reared at San Diego Zoo


Looking like a poster child for South African tourism, Johari, a 2-month-old African cheetah, is one of four cheetah cubs being raised by keepers at San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park.

The cub and its two siblings, a male named Shiley and a female named Taraji, were born on May 24 and were rejected by their mother, the zoo said.

“On June 17, a single female cheetah named Lindiwe was born to an inexperienced mother, so keepers intervened,” the zoo added in a statement. “Often when a single cub is born, the mother chooses to walk away because the chance of one cub surviving is minimal.”

All four cubs were moved to the care center where they are being hand-raised by keepers.

The cheetah is listed as vulnerable on the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN’s) Red List of Threatened Animals

Photo taken July 31, 2009, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park.

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