Denver (AP) - Zoos in Denver and Battle Creek, Mich., are trading female cheetahs in hopes that both will have cubs with new mates.
The Denver Zoo said Friday it has sent a 5-year-old cheetah named Kibara (kih-bar'-uh) to the binder park zoo in Battle Creek in exchange for an 8-year-old cheetah named Katili (kah'-ti-lee).
Kibara was Denver's only female cheetah.
In Denver, Katili will be paired with a male cheetah named Barafu (bah'-rah-foo), who is Kibara's twin.
The Denver Zoo says the swap was done under recommendation of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums to ensure healthy populations and genetic diversity.
Cheetahs are classified as endangered by the World Conservation Union. About 10,000 cheetahs are believed to exist in the wild, and 96 are in captivity in North America.
(COPYRIGHT 2009 BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)
KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.powered by Disqus
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.