Two new male cheetahs have made their way to join Maggie at the Little Rock Zoo.
Padfoot and Prongs — named after Harry Potter characters — are the newest zoo residents that arrived Tuesday night from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. The littermates were part of a breeding recommendation of the Species Survival Plan (SSP).
“Padfoot and Prongs are settling right in at the Little Rock Zoo’s cheetah outpost,” says Maggie Quinn, one of the new cheetahs’ keepers. “Prongs, the bigger brother seemed very excited to watch the zebra from the veldt; Padfoot was more interested in the female, Maggie, in the exhibit next door. We can’t wait to get to know these boys even better.”
Two existing cheetahs — Oscar and Boomer — at the zoo were transferred as part of a SSP recommendation. Oscar and Boomer traveled from Cincinnati to join the Little Rock Zoo in 2018. They were recently transferred to a new African section at the Oklahoma City Zoo that features cheetahs, giraffes, okapi and gazelle in an African savannah.
For more information on the Little Rock Zoo, visit its website or call 501-6610-7208.