Zoo announces five cheetah cubs

Several recent births have helped the zoo increase its population

Prague Zoo has announced the birth of a litter of five cheetahs, with three males and two females. The zoo posted photos and a video of the little spotted kittens, who were born May 15. They will not be making public appearances until the middle of August. The zoo promises to provide updates over social media until then. The quintuplets are being looked after by their mother, Savannah.

This isn't the only recent birth. The zoo announced Monday that an armadillo had been born, the first at the zoo in five years. Ten baby komodo dragons went on display on June 12 as well. A sea lion was born at the end of May. Bison, bongo antelopes and Steller's sea eagles were also born recently at the zoo.

After nearly a month the cheetah babies weigh between 1.1 to 1.75 kilograms. The mother, Savannah, is 6 years old and comes from Colchester Zoo in the UK. It is her second litter. The father is Ben, a 5-year-old male from Ebeltoft Safari in Denmark. “Four cubs are pretty robust and one is smaller, but we believe that in the coming days or weeks, it will catch up,” Pavel Brandl, curator of mammals, said on the zoo's website.

These are the first new cheetahs at the zoo Zoo Prague in two and half years. The cubs will remain in seclusion with their mother until they venture out in August.

The Prague zoo has been keeping cheetahs since 1933 and the first offspring came in 1972. Since then, 64 have been born in the Prague Zoo and including the new litter.

The zoo gave out less information about the new baby armadillo except to say it is a male, and that armadillos are the only mammals to have a defensive exoskeleton.

The bison was born May 5 and is already out for the public. The mother is Křivorožka and the father is Tjeko from Arnhem in the Netherlands.

The South African sea lion was born May 25 and shown to the public on a video screen the next day. Its gender has not been announced. The mother is Ababa and the father is Meloun.

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has had bongo antelopes since 1988, and two females have been born this year, one in February and the other in April. The species is highly endangered.

Three Steller's sea eagle chicks hatched during April 21 to 23. The parents are Matyáš and Matylda. Adult Steller's sea eagles are known for their bright yellow beaks.

The zoo this year welcomed its 60 millionth visitor since it opened 86 years ago. In 1931, when it opened just 20,000 people visited. Last year that grew to 1,448,353 people in a single year, making it one of Prague's top attractions.

Prague Zoo was ranked the fourth-best in the world by users of the travel site TripAdvisor in July 2015.

Last year saw the birth of two baby elephants. They were among a total of 1,191 juveniles in 223 species.

Prague Zoo opened in 1931. It currently covers 58 hectares with 50 hectares used for exhibits. It has over 4,700 animals from 681 species, including 144 species listed as threatened. The zoo has 12 pavilions and over 150 exhibits. It has been particularly active in the preservation of the Przewalski's horses, which are slowly being returned to the wild.

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