Cheetah Rock now open
Tuesday 18 March 2008
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo is proud to open the gates to Cheetah Rock – its fantastic flagship exhibit for the world’s fastest land mammal.
Visitors can now view the cheetahs on their landscaped rock look out, watching from just metres away in an African style hut, where floor-to-ceiling glass will be the only thing separating them from the animals.
The new landscaped 5,000m2 enclosure, costing in excess of £1 million, will give the public tremendous close-up views of these enchanting animals, while they enjoy their own superb vantage point “on the rocks”.
Speaking about Cheetah Rock, Malcolm Fitzpatrick, curator of mammals at ZSL, said: “Cheetah Rock is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see these beautiful animals in a magnificent setting and be inspired and informed about ZSL’s long term support for cheetah conservation. It is also a huge step for ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, giving us the chance to re-start our historic breeding success with cheetahs.”Malcolm takes us behind the scenes at Cheetah Rock, for a quick preview of this fantastic new exhibit. Play this video
Cheetah conservation has been a major focus for ZSL since 1991. In Tanzania we have been carrying out the longest running in depth study of a wild cheetah population.
Since 1974 the Serengeti Cheetah Project has been keeping track of individual cheetahs living on the plains in the southern part of the Serengeti National Park.