Excitement is in the air at Australia Zoo's cheetah quarters as celebrations begin for Cheetah Week.
With four worthy ambassadors - Foxy, Cleo, Echo and Sheeba - drawing crowds wherever they go, the cheetah team are on a mission to raise awareness about cheetah conservation during school holidays at the Zoo.
They are the fastest land animal in the world - but the cheetah is fast running out of time. With less than 10,000 left in the wild, cheetahs are critically endangered due to loss of habitat and cheetah-human conflict. Conflict occurs when cheetahs are wrongly blamed for livestock losses and subsequently killed by angry farmers.
In 2009, Australia Zoo contributed $30 000 towards cheetah conservation; providing vital funds to support the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust and Cheetah Outreach in South Africa.
Our goal in 2010 is to contribute $40 000 towards cheetah conservation. We need your help.
Cheetah Week is the prefect time to make a difference and help save cheetahs in the wild. Come along to Australia Zoo to join in the celebrations and meet our magnificent cheetahs and learn about their plight in the wild. All funds raised during the cheetah celebrations will go directly to cheetah conservation.
Everyday during the school holidays, the cheetah team will be showing-off their beautiful cats and chatting to guests about the plight of the cheetah.