Cheetahs Are High-Stress Animals, So Zoos Do Something Precious To Keep Them Calm

Despite being large predators who are able to move at seriously intimidating speeds, cheetahs are actually surprisingly shy.
Unfortunately, endangered cheetahs are so nervous and anxious that captive breeding programs designed to help preserve their species can be unsuccessful if the big cats don’t feel at ease in their environments. That’s where dogs come in. Across the country, zoos including the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the Columbus Zoo have been pairing cheetahs with their own canine companions to keep them happy and comfortable — and it’s definitely working!

When cheetah cubs are a few months old, they first…

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