3 cheetahs return to the National Zoo
(Photo: Jessie Cohen, Smithsonian National Zoo)
Three male cheetahs are returning to their home at the National Zoo after spending time in Front Royal at the Zoo's Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, officials announced Friday.
Draco, Granger and Zabini, who were born in 2005 and named after characters in the Harry Potter series, will go on display during Thanksgiving weekend. They join Tumai, a 10-year-old female cheetah currently on display.
Cheetahs are the fastest land animals, reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Males such as Draco, Granger and Zabini live together in groups called "coalitions."
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