Sunday, December 3, 2017
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at River's Edge
Conservation organizations around the world are celebrating cheetahs on International Cheetah Day to raise awareness about the plight of the most endangered cat in Africa and Iran.
Join in! Come to the Zoo to enjoy activities for all ages.
- Create your very own cheetah mask and be sure to take a photo with it at the selfie station!
- Hear about cheetah care and conservation programs from zookeepers
- Visit the cheetahs at River's Edge (weather permitting)
- Earn stamps in your Cheetah Passport by learning from Zoo educators and completing hands-on activities about these amazing animals.
Cheetahs are in trouble in the wild. In the last century, the cheetah population has declined from 100,000 to fewer than 10,000 individuals, while the species has become extinct in at least 13 countries.
The Saint Louis Zoo is a leader in cheetah research and captive breeding. Unlike other big cats, the cheetah has very different breeding and behavioral needs. What began as an interest in discovering what makes these animals so selective in mate choice has now become an international cooperative effort to link captive breeding programs with research and protection in cheetah range countries.
Since 1974, when the Saint Louis Zoo opened the Cheetah Survival Center, a facility for research and captive breeding, the Zoo's cheetah breeding program has successfully raised more than 35 captive-bred offspring. The Zoo coordinates its cheetah breeding efforts with other North American zoos as part of the Species Survival Plan® (SSP). These animals may provide assurance for wild populations in the future.