Zeus has divine conditions for life
The beautiful cheetah Zeus got into our care from a private owner as a five-year-old from unsuitable conditions, where he didn't have enough space and good conditions for life. For a big cat that needs space to move, it was a torture. Wild cats don't belong in the hands of private owners. He lives here in a common enclosure with Mary and Diana and they enjoy each other’s company. Unlike his sisters, he was at least in a better health condition.
Zeus' health (kidney failure) deteriorated in a short time in March 2021, so that he finally had to be euthanized on March 26, 2021.
Our work and caring for animals is wonderful, but we are always saddened if they can no longer be helped.
Origin, care of previous owners, birth defects, ... all this affects their length of life in captivity.
R. I. P. Zeus, you will remain in our hearts forever.
Cheetahs are currently endangered species not only because of loss of their natural habitat, but also because of poaching. They have almost gone extinct in Asia, Asiatic cheetah is most probably extinct and Indian cheetah is critically endangered. The small population (max. 200 individuals) are probably surviving in the unreachable parts of Iran and Pakistan.
In the wild today, there are only about 7100 individuals and most of them live in Namibia, 2000-3000 individuals.
The original territory of this species included Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Near East and India. Nowadays they can mostly be found in central, east and south Africa.
Cheetahs are one of the fastest animals in the world. They can reach up to 110 km/h in short distance run. Such fast running exhausts the cheetah greatly and they get hot very quickly. After about 400 m, they have to have a rest. Cheetah as the only cat can't take in their claws (and that's why they help them when running).