Cheetah Breeding Program
Wildlife Safari began breeding cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in 1972 and successfully produced a litter the following year. Since then, 204 cheetahs have been born at the park. These statistics place Wildlife Safari as one of the top breeders of cheetahs in the U.S. and the western hemisphere. Through our partnership with the Association of Zoo and Aquarium's (AZA) Species Survival Plan for cheetahs, cubs born at the park have populated zoos across the U.S.

The addition of new genetics to the population and the promise of cubs are significant to the U.S. population of cheetahs, as according to the breeding recommendations from the AZA’s Cheetah SSP, the number of cubs born in the U.S. dropped significantly during the 1990s. If American zoos are to maintain a sustainable population of cheetahs, successful breeding must increase and remain at a high level through the rest of this decade. Having these amazing cats in zoo populations allows us to educate our guests and conduct research that helps the endangered cheetah both in captivity and the wild.

Cheetahs are native to Africa, with less than 10,000 in 24-26 African countries and less than 100 animals in Iran. The largest African population is in Namibia with apx. 3,000 animals. Cheetahs are endangered due to habitat loss, poaching and hunting by farmers worried about their livestock. An average cheetah weighs 80-130 lbs. They are carnivorous and prey on gazelles and other small to medium-sized hoofstock. Cheetahs live, on average, 6-8 years in the wild and 10-15 years in captivity.

Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal and can reach speeds of 70 miles per hour for short sprints. They are built for speed with a deep chest for large lungs and a powerful heart. They have a stride length of 20 feet. This is the distance between a foot touching the ground and that same foot touching the ground again. A cheetah's spine is very flexible; flexing and extending helps lengthen its spine as it runs. Their hind legs push sequentially rather than together like other animals, so all four feet are off the ground at one time, giving the cheetah the appearance of flight. The tail serves as a rudder and as a brake during high speed pursuits.

The Odd Couple: Pancake and Dayo
Wildlife Safari announced the birth of a new female cheetah cub, Pancake, born on February 28th, 2015.  They are also proud to announce the much anticipated arrival of Pancake's new puppy companion, Dayo.

In Afrikaans, Dayo means "Joy Arrives."  As fate would have it, Dayo, a male Rhodesian Ridgeback, arrived on this earth the very same day Pancake did.  On April 15th, after both babes were appropriately weaned and vaccinated, Dayo made his trip from San Francisco Bay area to Wildlife Safari.

"Why a Rhodesian Ridgeback?", many have asked.  Rhodesians are one of the few large breeds that live on average 13 to 15 years, a similar lifespan to the cheetah.  As adults, they will be similar in size as well.  They also share the joy of running.  "Of course Dayo will never reach Pancake's top speeds but it will be fun to watch him try", says the Cheetah Staff at Wildlife Safari.

Dayo will also be helpful in spreading the conservation message.  Conservationists in Africa are actually using livestock guard-dogs to keep wild Cheetahs away from local farms.  This is helping lower the annual number of Cheetahs being shot in those regions.

Our dynamic duo is looking forward to making appearances in the community and building our school assembly program.  We hope to have Dayo "hands on" interacting with kids while Pancake shows off her unique Cheetah traits during their many future school and community visits.

The cheetah/puppy pair are out on public display now in the Wildlife Safari Village and will be making daily appearances there.  Look for them in the Cheetah Spot today.

Guests can contact Guest Services at 541-679-6761 ext 200 or for more information about Pancake and Dayo's public appearances.
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