Cheetah cubs moved to exhibit, available for public to view at Metro Richmond Zoo

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The Metro Richmond Zoo announced Thursday that the seven cheetah cubs born to ‘Vaila’ last November are now on exhibit for the public to see. 

“Mom and cubs can be seen running, climbing, exploring and resting each day during zoo hours,” a Metro Richmond Zoo spokesperson said in a release. “They are all doing well and are growing fast.”

Vaila, a second-time mother, gave birth to septuplets on November 30, 2018.

“This is a very special birth to us because not only is it a big boost for cheetah conservation by increasing the captive population, but also a cheetah having 7 cubs at once only happens 1 percent of the time!” the zoo said. 

This is a very special birth to us because not only is it a big boost for cheetah conservation by increasing the captive population, but also a cheetah having 7 cubs at once only happens 1 percent of the time,” the zoo added. “In addition, the sire is Kalu, a first-time dad who was born and raised here at the zoo.”

The cheetah is Africa’s most endangered cat, and the wild population has drastically declined from 100,000 to only 7,000 individuals.

Since 2013, the Metro Richmond Zoo has launched multiple cheetah conservation efforts and has had nine litters born with a total of 47 cubs.

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