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Hamilton Zoo celebrates International Cheetah Day

Zoo News - Posted 3 December 2013

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A little over 100 years ago, over 100,000 cheetahs could be found in over 44 countries ranging from Southern Africa, through the Middle East and even into Iran.

The cheetah is now extinct in 20 of those countries and is Africa's most endangered big cat.

Wednesday 4 December is International Cheetah Day. It's a day dedicated to raising awareness around the world about these majestic animals.

We are privileged at Hamilton Zoo to have two cheetahs, brothers Moyo Matusi and Jambo. They are impressive looking animals and both have inquisitive, playful personalities.

Wednesday 4 December at 12noon - special FREE keeper talk 

Join us to learn more about the boys and how we look after them here at Hamilton Zoo (normal zoo entry applies).

Did you know that the cheetah is the only big cat that cannot roar? They purr though and usually most loudly when they are grooming or sitting near other cheetah.

To learn more about cheetah and how you can help click here.

Check out these fantastic cheetah images taken by award winning wildlife photographer Trevor Penfold. Trevor's images will be available for sale at the Hamilton Zoo shop from Saturday 7 December. The perfect Christmas gift for animal lovers. Want to learn how to take amazing photos? Join the Hamilton Zoo Photography Group.

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