January 2005

Steve's found a new love

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Sunshine Coast Daily, January 2005


News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily, page 3, Friday 14th January, 2005
By: Libby Hunt

With their big eyes, lean figures and long legs, a girl should be jealous of exotic sisters Cleo and Sheba.

But it was hard to be anything but taken with Australia Zoo’s brand new cheetah cubs when they were revealed to the public for the first time yesterday.

Steve Irwin was the proudest dad on the block, and had only good things to say about the two cubs, which come from Montarto Zoo in South Australia and couldn’t stop clambering all over him at play time.

“Finally having these cubs here is very amazing and it’s the next crucial step in looking after the world’s endangered species’,” he said. “There are only around 14,000 cheetahs left in the world and we’re hoping to breed them here eventually – we also have two males from De Whildt’s Cheetah research centre in South Africa, who are in quarantine at the moment.” Eventually we will have them all here together, but for now, we’re just enjoying these two – they’re a bundle of fun, and crikey they’re beautiful.”

Australia Zoo’s big cat project hopes to raise money for national and international endangered species breeding and re-release projects.