Fota Wildlife Park celebrates arrival of four cheetah cubs
Meet the latest addition to Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork, four adorable new cubs.
The cubs were officially introduced to the public today. They were born on May 29 and the litter of four is made up of two males and two females.
Director of Fota Wildlife Park, Sean McKeown said staff at the park were delighted with the new arrivals.
“All of us here at the wildlife park are thrilled with the birth of the four cheetah cubs, especially following on from the birth of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger cub born a few weeks earlier," he said.
"Cheetah numbers are also declining and the population of Northern Cheetahs has plunged by 90pc over the last 100 years, to just an estimated 250 left in the wild”.
The now five-week-old cheetahs, born to mum Nimpy, are being cared for by lead warden Kelly Lambe and the team who look after the carnivore section at the park.
"We have been keeping a close eye on these cubs, as much as we can without interfering over the last few weeks and they have all fed from mum, who is doing a great job, without any issues.” said Ms Lambe.
Fota Wildlife Park is highly involved in the global Cheetah Conservation Programme
Cheetahs that have been bred in Fota Wildlife Park have been sent to many breeding centres around the world over the last 30 years as part of the endangered species programme.