Given that wild populations are dramatically declining, any cheetah birth is a reason to celebrate. However when female Bingwa welcomed her litter at Saint Louis Zoo in 2017, her record-breaking cubs were even more special than usual.
Saint Louis Zoo in Missouri first opened in 1910. And with over a century’s experience, you’d think the facility had seen it all when it came to the creatures in their care. However staff were in for a shock.
In 2017 the establishment’s latest surprise came courtesy of its four-year-old cheetah Bingwa. The big cat, whose name is the Swahili word for “champion,” had been loaned from Saint Louis Zoo from Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. And she was set to make waves in her latest home.