Fota Wildlife Park welcomed five new baby cheetahs into their zoo in recent weeks.
Fota Wildlife Park is one of County Cork’s most popular tourist attractions, welcoming visitors of all ages. In recent weeks, the zoo has welcomed a number of new residents, as five new baby cheetahs were born at Fota Wildlife Park.
The three-week-old cubs are delighting visitors who are lucky enough to get a glimpse at the gorgeous newborns.
This is the second litter delivered by mother Gráinne, who is said to be doing well. A member of our team spoke to one of the keepers last week, who informed us that all five cubs are thought to be healthy baby girls.
A protective mother – mammy and babies are given space
The baby cheetahs are settling in well at Fota Wildlife Park in County Cork, according to a keeper.
“We are giving Gráinne as much space as she needs at the moment. It is natural for the mother to be overly cautious and protective in the early weeks.
“We haven’t had the chance to get too close to the cubs yet, but we are pretty sure that they are all girls,” the keeper told us.
While the news has not been officially announced yet, Fota will allegedly be promoting a competition to name the five new cubs soon. All animals born in Fota are given traditional Irish names, so time to get your thinking caps on!
An ancient breed – the oldest and fastest wild cat
Cheetahs are the world’s oldest living wild-cats, with the species dating back four million years. They are also known to be the fastest animal on the planet, reaching speeds of about 90km/ph.
The park’s cheetah run is always one of the most popular attractions. While exciting visitors, the attraction allows the animals to chase their food like they would in the wild.
The Northern cheetah is highly endangered, with less than 800 currently living in the wild. These five new baby cheetahs born at Fota Wildlife Park will likely play a crucial part in conserving their beautiful species.
Endangered species – another success for conservation
Baby cheetahs have a high fatality rate in the wild, contributing to the species being on the endangered list. So these five new baby cheetahs born at Fota Wildlife Park are a welcome addition to the park.
Gráinne had four cubs last year, with three males surviving. The fourth cub sadly passed away in only a few days.
The park participates in the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme. As of 1984, over 200 cheetah cubs have been born in the zoo.
What will the babies be called? – let the public decide
Gráinne’s first litter is just over a year old, and last year’s naming competition winners won a year-long ticket to the park in the south of Ireland. We’re expecting something just as exciting for this year’s competition.
We were lucky enough to get a glimpse of the tiny cubs in the open, while mother Gráinne kept a very watchful gaze close by. Like any mother, she has the right to be overly protective in these early weeks.
We’re looking forward to Fota’s official announcement, which will no doubt include some high-quality photos of the gorgeous little fur babies.
So time to get thinking about suggestions of what to call the five new little darlings. We’d love to hear your suggestions for some lovely Irish names for the furry little girls!