The wild populations of cheetahs around the world are dramatically declining, so any cheetah birth is a reason to celebrate. When female Bingwa welcomed her litter at Saint Louis Zoo in 2017, however, 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 worth of experience, the facility has likely seen it all when it comes to the creatures in its care. However, in 2017 staff there were in for an almighty shock.
The establishment’s latest surprise actually came courtesy of its four-year-old cheetah Bingwa. The big cat, whose name is the Swahili word for “champion,” had been loaned to Saint Louis Zoo from Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. And she soon set about making waves in her latest home.