Cheetah Cubdate #14: Weighing in with New Sights – Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Posted: November 11, 2020 at 2:54 am

One thing that has been useful in teaching the cubs to get off the scale is the empty yard next door to the cubs main yard. We are teaching the cubsto recognize the word out as a cue toleavethe building, which is followed by a food reward. We also use the word "door"to let them know a door will be opening or to get them to look at the door. Since the goal is to have one cub on the scale at a time, the extra yard gives keepers an additional option to shift the cubs in and out of the building with the scale.

For the cubs, the new yard brings new sights! The yard has a view of some of our other cheetah yards. This is the first big opportunity the cubs have had to see that there are other cats in the world. Its fun to see them realize this.

The other cats are curious about the cubs when they see them, too.Some of our female cheetahswill vocalize to the cubs and try to play with them through the fence. Those females who have had cubs get it. They know what small cheetahs are, while some of the cats who have not had cubs will pace and try to understand what the cubs are.

As the weather gets colder, you may be able to catch the cubs cuddling on the Cheetah Cub Cam! Love these cheetah cubs? Read previousupdates on the cubs here.

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Cheetah Cubdate #14: Weighing in with New Sights - Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

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