Two adorable new cheetah cubs were born on November 22, 2014 at Busch Gardens in Tampa. They are currently 3 months old and weigh in at a whopping 12 pounds. They were given names by the Busch Gardens animal care team: Tebdai, which means “thankful,” and Thabo, meaning “joy.” The cubs are under 24-hour care from the zoo staff as they continue to get stronger and explore their new habitat.
Cheetahs are included on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) list of vulnerable species as well as on the United States Endangered Species Act list of threatened species.
This cheetah birth is in coordination with AZA’s Species Survival Plan ® (SSP). The mission of the SSP is to manage specific threatened or endangered species within AZA-accredited institutions to create genetically diverse, self-sustaining populations for these animals. Upon maturity, these cubs will play an important role in Busch Gardens’ cheetah breeding program.