Cheetah cubs born in Fota Wildlife Park during the summer have been named by the public

Cheetah cubs born in Fota Wildlife Park during the summer have been named by the public

Cubs' mother Nimpy with one of her three new endangered Northern cheetah cubs pictured last month. Picture: Darragh Kane

Rangers at Fota Wildlife Park have chosen names for the three Northern cheetah cubs born in the park during the summer based on suggestions from the public.

The cubs, one male and two females, were born to mother Nimpy and father Sam on June 10.

Robin is the name that has been selected for the male cub, a suggestion submitted by Victor Levingstone from Dublin.

The female cubs have been named Olivia and Florence - names suggested by Niamh and Aoife Butler from Fermoy and Dylan Paul from Ballycotton, respectively. 

The cubs' mother Nimpy is 10 years old and was born in Parc Zoologique de La Palmyre, France whilst the cubs' father Sam is four years old and was born in a wildlife centre in Dubai.

Two of the three new endangered Northern cheetah cubs born in June. Picture: Darragh Kane
Two of the three new endangered Northern cheetah cubs born in June. Picture: Darragh Kane

Sam arrived in Fota in 2017 and has had two other litters of cubs this year.

Both he and Nimpy are part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria Northern cheetah breeding programme which is coordinated by Fota Wildlife Park.

The birth of these cubs brings the total for this endangered species born in Fota to 204.

Northern cheetah as classed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

A 2017 expert report on the decline of the cheetah suggested that in the natural range of the species, there were fewer than 2,800 left in the wild in the whole of East and North Africa.

The Asiatic cheetah is critically endangered in Iran with less than 40 animals left in the wild.

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