Albuquerque BioPark celebrates International Cheetah Day

The Albuquerque BioPark’s three cheetah brothers soaked in the spotlight Tuesday.

It’s part of International Cheetah Day, which was declared when researchers discovered they could teach captive cheetahs to hunt. 

The BioPark is part of the Cheetah Conservation Program to try to save the species. Right now, cheetahs only live in 23 percent of their historic African range. 

“It’s important just to save the species. They are one of the top predators out in Africa. It’s the circle of life basically. They balance the system out,” senior zookeeper Jenn Erickson said. 

The cheetahs are hte most endangered big cat in Africa with about 7,000 still in the wild. 

Keepers at the BioPark have realized just how active these new three young cheetahs are. They say they recently had to heighten their enclosure to keep everyone safe. 

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