WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Tanganyika Wildlife Park announced Friday the birth of a litter of Cheetah cubs earlier this month.
“This is our first litter of cheetah cubs,” says Matt Fouts, Tanganyika’s Assistant Director. “And, to our knowledge, the first cheetah cubs born in the state of Kansas. It’s an incredibly exciting time for us.”
The cubs were born to parents Amira and Enzi on December 4th, which coincidently was International Cheetah Day. Both parents came to Tanganyika with two other cheetahs from a facility in Africa in 2010, around the same time that the Park rescued several animals from flooding in Minot, North Dakota. “We have had so much success breeding other endangered cats like clouded leopards and Amur leopards (the rarest big cat in the world) and we knew we could help preserve cheetahs too,” said Jim Fouts, Tanganyika’s director.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park opened to the public August 2nd, 2008.