Cheetah Sustainability Program

Since 1990, the wild cheetah population has decreased by nearly 85% and currently is comprised of about 7,000 to 10,000 individuals whose natural habitat and prey base are declining. C2S2 and AZA-accredited zoos are partnering to achieve the goals of sustainability and conservation of a North American assurance population for cheetah.

The program leverages the substantial space and research expertise offered by the conservation centers and the knowledge that cheetahs reproduce better in spacious, non-public environments. The breeding centers each contribute an average of $30,000 annually in-kind towards achieving program goals. Cheetah Conservation Partners are zoos that donate annually to support sustainability and growth of the global population.

During 2014 and 2015, 18 cheetah cubs were born at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, 16 at San Diego Zoo Global, and 13 at White Oak Conservation. The program also provides Cheetah Sustainability Grants of up to $10,000 for research supporting the sustainability of cheetah populations in the wild.

2016 CHEETAH CONSERVATION BREEDING CENTERS: Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari/Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, Saint Louis Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global/San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, White Oak Conservation, the Wilds/Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, and Wildlife Safari.




2016 CHEETAH CONSERVATION PARTNERS: Brevard Zoo, Birmingham Zoo, Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Houston Zoo, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Philadelphia Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, Scovill Zoo, Smithsonian’s National Zoo, and Wildlife Conservation Society.





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