International Cheetah Day
This special day was made to bring attention to the dangerously low cheetah population which has seen dramatic changes in the past 100 years. The decline of the species has been ongoing and is the result of human development over their habitat. This special day was first made possible by Dr. Laurie Marker when she chose to commemorate a cheetah she raised at a wildlife safari in Oregon, by establishing December 4th as International Cheetah Day in his memory. The cheetah is the world's fastest land animal on the planet. They can run 70 mph, which is as fast as cars drive on the highway. The cheetah is able to reach its top speed in just 3 seconds which is faster than a Ferrari! The cheetah is also the most endangered feline in Africa which is why we need your help to bring the struggle for survival of this magnificent creature into the limelight. Join us as we will have special enrichment for the big cats as well as specialized keeper chats to teach you all about these amazing animals! This event is free with your regular Zoo admission.