West Palm Beach, FL – Through the month of February 2015, an endangered cheetah cub named Adaeze (or Daisy for short) will be featured in Lion Country Safari’s Animal Theater presentations. Daisy, born on September 1st, is visiting all the way from LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Adaeze, meaning “daughter of a King” in Swahili, is joined by her seven-year-old companion dog named Odie, an Australian Shepard. This oddly matched friendship is ironic as dogs and cats are natural enemies, in wild Africa, dogs are utilized in a unique conservation strategy to protect livestock from the wild cheetah. Adaeze is a wonderful animal ambassador and guests will have the opportunity to see her and Odie up close and learn more about them during the Animal Theater presentations.
The cheetah is the most endangered cat in Africa and even rarer still, is the King cheetah. They feature large splotches instead of spots, a field color that is sometimes pale or almost white and thick black stripes down the back. With fewer than 30 animals in the world, Adaeze’s mother, Mona Lisa, is the only living King cheetah in North and South America. Although Adaeze does not bear her mother’s King coloration, she and her littermates (largest litter size ever recorded – 8) will now be able to pass this extremely rare recessive allele, or genetic variant, to their future offspring. Through the month of February, guests can make donations to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) in the Lion Country Safari retail stores. To learn more about the CCF, visit www.cheetah.org.
LEO Zoological Conservation Center (LEO) is a nonprofit, off exhibit, accredited breeding reserve in Greenwich, Connecticut, for rare and endangered animals. They are proud to aid in wildlife conservation through captive breeding programs for zoological populations, captive bred for wild release programs, conservation based research, youth education programs and education outreach programs. LEO is unique from other zoological institutions and fills a dire and growing need for an off-exhibit breeding center by providing vast, natural and quiet habitats. For more info visit: www.leozoo.org.
As America’s first cageless drive-through zoo, Lion Country Safari helped revolutionize zoo and wildlife management philosophy. A leader in wildlife education and conservation since its 1967 opening, Lion Country Safari provides a natural environment for rare and endangered animals to live and reproduce, enjoying particular breeding success with the white rhinoceros and giraffe.