Friday, December 15, 2017

Yekaterinburg Zoo adopts cheetah

The Yekaterinburg Zoo unveiled its newest member on Wednesday, introducing Lyalya the cheetah to the public.

Lyalya comes to the zoo as a representative of one of the fastest and most graceful animals in the world. Previously, Russians could only view cheetahs in Moscow and Novosibirsk, where they are kept in zoos. Cheetahs are classified as endangered animals and the majority of cheetahs are currently found in human captivity, OblGazeta.ru reports.

Currently, Lyalya is without a partner, but the Yekaterinburg Zoo has immediate plans to try and find a mate for the spotted newcomer. Captive breeding of cheetahs is an extremely rare phenomenon, but one of the primary objectives for the Yekaterinburg Zoo is to create favorable conditions for possible cheetah offspring.

Cheetahs face myriad problems due to a severe loss of genetic diversity. Because of this genetic disadvantage, populations of cheetahs in nature have found it difficult to survive in the face of environmental changes.

Lyalya will replace the exotic aardvarks as the Yekaterinburg Zoo's newest resident, OblGazeta.ru reports.