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Can you spot the cheetah?
Cheetahs have spots to help break up their outline and offset the shadows of tall grasses. This allows them to blend in with their surroundings while hiding from other large predators or while hunting. If you do not see the cheetahs right away, they may be laying in the bushes or in the tall grass. It can be difficult to spot them in the foliage. Keep looking though, sometimes a hint of movement will give them away!
If they are not outdoors, there are a few possible reasons:
- The camera needs to be moved. Here’s how you can control the camera.
- The cheetahs may be inside for a routine medical exam or training session with the keepers.
- Our cheetahs may be participating in a Wild Encounter behind-the-scenes tour. Learn more about how you can meet the cheetahs and their keepers behind-the-scenes.
- During the colder months our cheetahs still enjoy going outside, but keepers always give them access to warm themselves indoors as much as they’d like. Check back, they come out often!
Zola: (Born May 2, 2012) Zola is Rey’s mother. She is more tawny in color compared to her daughter.
Rey: (Born November 29, 2016) Rey is Zola’s daughter. She has a darker coloration than her mother, and she still retains a fluffy ruff of fur on the back of her neck that is typical for young cheetahs.
Find the Cheetahs
1. Select the control button. This button will give you control of the camera for one full minute.
2. Select the “eye” button in the top right corner.
3. Choose from the list of camera locations.
4. Spot the cheetah! Still don’t see any? Here are some reasons why.