Zoo welcomes new cheetah cub

GALLERY Zoo keepers are celebrating the arrival of Colchester Zoo's newest addition - a cheetah cub.

ZOO keepers are celebrating the arrival of Colchester Zoo's newest addition - a Cheetah cub.

The female cub is now four weeks old and has been named Katavi.

She is being hand reared by zoological director Anthony Tropeano and Rebecca Perry, Colchester Zoo's conservation officer.

The cub was removed from her enclosure a few hours after she was born as her mum, Uria, had removed her from her den and abandoned her.


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Since then she has been cared for around the clock with regular milk feeds and is now thriving.

The Cheetahs at Colchester Zoo are part of an international breeding programme because they are listed as vulnerable in the wild.

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Cheetah populations have suffered from persecution from humans in the wild when their territories are close to farm land and their numbers are also declining due to habitat loss.

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