This is the first time in the zoo’s history that a cheetah has given birth there. The cubs, three males and five females, were born at the Saint Louis Zoo River’s Edge Cheetah Breeding Center on November 26, 2017, but officials didn’t make the big announcement to the world until this past Wednesday, January 4, 2018.
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According to zoo officials, mother and cubs are doing well and will remain in their private, indoor maternity den behind the scenes at River’s Edge for the next several months.
Now that the “cats are out of the bag,” the zoo said they will be sharing new videos of the eight cheetah cubs. Here they are at three weeks old with mom, Bingwa.
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The cheetah family is bonding in their maternity den behind the scenes, zoo officials said. If you’d like to keep track of their progess, you can see more at stlzoo.org/cheetahcubs