Is there such a thing as too many cats? It depends on whether you’re a single woman or the Metro Richmond Zoo.
The Chesterfield County facility has seen an explosion in its cheetah population during the last three years. The first cub was born there on Oct. 6, 2013. As of early August, the zoo's cheetah population stood at 35. Another two born at the facility are on loan to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.
To accommodate the animals, the zoo is doubling the number of its cheetah enclosures to 10. And the expansion will help with continued breeding. Read more in the September issue of Richmond magazine and check out a family tree of the seven cheetah litters born at the zoo below. (Click the icon in the top right corner of the image to enlarge.)
(Infographic by Sarah Lockwood)