Donate to Dickerson Park Zoo, help pick out names for new cheetah cubs

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The cheetah triplets need names, and Dickerson Park Zoo is asking the public for help.

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan recommended 5-year-old Babs for breeding. Endangered animals, such as cheetahs, are part of the program in order to maintain a robust genetic pool. She chose to mate with Wally, a 3-year-old cheetah. Two boys and one girl were born via C-section to mother Babs on Oct. 1 at the zoo’s animal hospital. 

The cubs weren’t immediately named. Rather, they went by Baby A, Baby B and Baby C.

Three cheetah cubs were born via C-section Oct. 1, 2020, at Dickerson Park Zoo.

“We want to include the public in selecting names, and help out the animal hospital in the process,” said Joey Powell, zoo spokeswoman, via news release.

Each vote is a $5 donation, which will help select the names for the cubs. Proceeds will go toward upgrades and equipment for the animal hospital, Powell said.

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The boy names are Art, Ned, Crocker, Brad, Chadwick and Mahomes. The girl options are Jackie, Moxie and Faith. The contest runs until Nov. 15, and voting is online at https://dickersonparkzoo.org/Zoo/vote-to-name-the-cheetah-cubs/

Three cheetah cubs were born via C-section Oct. 1, 2020, at Dickerson Park Zoo.

“Right now, Art and Ned are tied,” Powell said. “But, it is still early. So, please vote, and vote often.”

In a previous News-Leader article, zoo staff discussed caring for the cheetah cubs and what it takes to hand-raise them.

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During the first weeks of their lives, the cheetah cubs had bottle feedings every three hours with staff taking them home each night. In mid-October, they were introduced to some solid food, like beef and gravy from the baby food aisle at a grocery store, but are also continuing formula feedings.

Three cheetah cubs were born via C-section Oct. 1, 2020, at Dickerson Park Zoo.

In the wild, there are roughly 7,000 cheetahs. In AZA-accredited locations, there are approximately 360 in captivity. Animal caretaker and cheetah specialist Sheila Samek said Dickerson Park Zoo has nine cheetahs.

The cubs may remain at Dickerson Park Zoo or they may travel to another zoo. There is no date set when the public can see them, but updates will be shared on the zoo’s social media accounts.

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