Fast Addition to Virginia Zoo: Cheetahs!


The next time you go to the Virginia Zoo, you’ll get to see a speedy new pair of cats. Cheetahs are now at the Zoo on public exhibit! It’s the first time ever, in 115 years, that cheetahs have been at the Virginia Zoo.

The new cheetahs are siblings named Chester and Rico and they were born in October 2013. They are on permanent loan from the Metro Richmond Zoo. Chester and Rico weigh about 100 pounds each, and on Friday they settled in to their new home in the Africa-Okavango Delta area across from the giraffes and past the red river hog habitat. The Zoo redecorated for the new cats, adding high rocks anCheetahs3d fallen tress so they can perch up high and survey the landscape.

Here are some fun facts from the Zoo about their residents:

  • Cheetahs can accelerate faster than most sports cars and can cover 20 feet in one stride
  • They are the fastest land animals in the world
  • Cheetahs can accelerate from 0-60 in less than three seconds
  • Cheetahs to not roar, instead they purr, chirp, hiss, whine, and growl

Help us in welcoming Chester and Rico to Hampton Roads!