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Would you be brave enough to be so close and personal with some cheetahs?

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The opportunity to meet Canberra’s newest big cats is here with three porpoises.

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2021-11-25T13: 49: 00 + 11: 00

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Those stuck in Christmas presents now have the perfect solution, with the opportunity to become friends one-on-one with three cheetahs at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra from this Saturday.

Zambi, Asani and Viking arrived from South Africa during Canberra’s lockdown, and now after a month of quarantine and training, they are ready to meet the locals through the zoo’s “Meet a Cheetah” program.

Cheetah keeper Leah Carnegie has worked with the male siblings to get them ready for the program to help raise awareness.

“These guys are ambassadors for the cheetah party, which means we bring people in to educate and raise awareness about them and also raise money for the cheetahs out in the wild.” said Mrs. Carnegie.

“There are only about 6,500 left in the wild, which is the largest relative to their population decline out in Africa, which not many people know.

“They are the big cat in the lowest hierarchy, living in the same area as lions and leopards, all eating the same thing, so they are all in competition.”

The program not only allows members of the public to get up close and personal with big cats, but is also a long-term opportunity for the zoo.

“Having them come here so young means we can get to work with them for most of their lives, which is a great opportunity, the goalkeepers are very grateful for, it’s not an opportunity many people get.” said Mrs. Carnegie.

Zoo cheetah keeper, Leah Carnegie with 3 new cheetah cubs, Zambi, Asani and Viking in the National Zoo and Aquarium.  Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Zoo cheetah keeper, Leah Carnegie with 3 new cheetah cubs, Zambi, Asani and Viking in the National Zoo and Aquarium. Photo: Elesa Kurtz

“A cheetah out in the wild will probably only live about seven years, while their lifespan here at the zoo is pretty much doubling to 12 to 14 years because we take such good care of them.”

“We are also involved in a regional breeding program at the zoo, for these three are currently ambassadors for as long as they want, everything is on their terms. But potentially in the future we can certainly look at breeding programs for these three.”

A maximum of two people aged 15 or over can spend 10 minutes with the three cheetahs for $ 150 per person. person on weekdays or $ 175 on weekends and holidays, which includes free access to the zoo.

To book a meeting, see the link here.

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