The Maryland Zoo welcomes cheetah brothers Refu and Wgasa

The Maryland Zoo’s family just grew by two! Coming from the West Coast, Refu (Ray-fu) and Wgasa (Wa-gasa) are two cheetah brothers that were born in 2014 at the San Diego Wildlife Safari Park.

Their move to The Maryland Zoo was based on the recommendation of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and Cheetah Species Survival Plan (SSP).  The Cheetah SSP is a board of individuals that work at accredited zoos, and are experts in cheetah husbandry, training and conservation.

A statement from The Maryland Zoo’s press release indicates the current status of the brothers.

“The cheetahs have recently finished their mandatory quarantine and are now being introduced to their exhibit and night quarters. “As standard protocol, we quarantine animals at the Zoo hospital for the first 30 days after their arrival,” continued McClure. “They passed all their veterinary exams with flying colors, so we are excited to have them outside exploring and meeting our guests.”

While Cheetahs may be the world’s fastest land mammals, they are also the most engendered cat in Africa. Thus, zoos play an important role in conserving these majestic species with hopes of safeguarding their future.

Kittens got you smitten? Click here for The Maryland Zoo’s visitor information to plan a trip to visit the brothers and to see all the other beautiful animals. 
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