BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Welcomes New Cheetahs
March 16 2017
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo has welcomed two new young cheetahs to its collection. Born on November 15, 2015, the female cheetahs were born at the San Diego Safari Park and are on loan from the Fort Worth Zoo.
The cheetah is classified as vulnerable with only 7,000 cheetahs remaining in the wild with numbers continuing to decline. In the United States, 303 cheetahs reside in 55 AZA accredited Zoos (Association of Zoos and Aquariums). Only 25% of the top Zoo’s in the nation have cheetahs in their collection, so the Baton Rouge Zoo is delighted to bring a glimpse of these marvelous creatures to our communities.
The Zoo supports a variety of cheetah conservation organizations who aid the cheetahs in their native lands to help save the species from extinction. These include the Cheetah Conservation Fund and Action for Cheetahs in Kenya. Much of these funds are raised during the Annual “Zoo Run Run” event each August. The 11th Annual event will be held on August 26, 2017 at the Zoo.
About BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including tigers, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger, Flamingo Cove, Giants of the Islands, Safari Playground, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo exhibits offer fun and education for all ages. The Baton Rouge Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a distinction reserved for only the top 10% of zoos in the nation.