Cheetah Cubs From South Africa Coming to Zoo Miami

Pair of male cheetahs on their way to their new home in Miami

By Brian Hamacher
|  Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012  |  Updated 12:42 PM EDT
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Ron Magill with one of the new cheetah cubs coming to Zoo Miami.

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A pair of male cheetah cubs from South Africa are on their way to their new home at Zoo Miami.

The cheetahs, which are both nearly nine months old, are getting ready for their marathon trip to Miami, zoo spokesman Ron Magill said Wednesday.

The pair has been spending their time at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, becoming comfortable around people before their voyage to their new home.

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"The staff at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre has done an incredible job of making these two amazing animals extremely comfortable around people and I have no doubt that they are going to be fantastic ambassador animals for Zoo Miami!" Magill said in a statement.

Zoo Miami's first ambassador cheetah, Savannah, passed away last October after several months of declining health due to her age. Savannah had been at the zoo since 1998.

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