Early Easter treat for cheetah cubs
Thursday 28 March 2013
ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s six cheeky cheetah cubs tuck in to an early Easter treat.
Painted “Easter eggs” filled with meaty treats were scattered in the Zoo’s Cheetah Rock enclosure as part of the sextuplet’s enrichment activities, stimulating their natural curiosity and making them work for the tasty food inside.
Head of Africa section, Mark Holden, said: “As it’s their first Easter we wanted to do something special for cheetah cubs. All six of them are really inquisitive by nature and love investigating new things; their specially made eggs will spark their curiosity and playful natures as they work out how to reach their food.”
The 10-month-old cubs are the second litter of Northern cheetah to be born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo and are providing a valuable rearing experience for mum, Dubai, of this endangered species. They were born two years after Dubai gave birth to her first cubs, which were the very first litter of Northern cheetah cubs ever born in the UK.
Easter activities at the Zoo
A very special bunny is making ZSL Whipsnade Zoo his home this Easter!
He’s been busy causing mischief and hiding his golden eggs all around the Zoo. See if you can take on his egg-cellent challenge by following clues to find the hidden eggs and work out the secret Easter password, which you can use to collect a special prize from the Easter Bunny himself!
There’ll also be Easter themed arts and crafts along with a host of animal talks and demonstrations.