Two cheetah cubs, which ultimately will become part of Busch Gardens’ Cheetah Run attraction, were introduced to the public on Tuesday.
The 3-month-old brothers — Tendai, meaning “thankful,” and Thabo, meaning “joy” — were born at a conservation facility elsewhere in Florida in November and moved to Busch Gardens a few weeks ago, said Travis Claytor, spokesman for the park.
The cubs are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan, which is intended to create genetically diverse, self-sustaining populations to guarantee the long-term future of the animals. Cheetahs are on the U.S. Endangered Species Act list of threatened species.
The cubs, now about 12 pounds, will move into the cheetah habitat adjacent to the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster when they grow up. For now they can be seen in the park’s Edge of Africa area.