Wednesday, February 26, 2020
In a First, Cheetah Cubs Born Through Surrogacy at the Columbus Zoo
Hey, a scientific breakthrough and adorable baby kitties in one video! Ahem. There are not enough cheetahs in the world to ensure their survival as a species, but breeding cheetahs in captivity has always been a challenge. Some are already overbred, while others do not make good mothers. The biologists at The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) have been working on the problem, and now have two cheetah cubs to show for it. They are the product of IVF and surrogacy, meaning they are the genetic product of two cheetahs and were gestated and birthed by a third, all in different locations. The two cubs were born at the Columbus Zoo on February 19. Read more about the experiment at Smithsonian.