Cincinnati Zoo cheetahs to have opportunity to run at farm

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Kris, a Cheetah born on July 7, 2019 in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Mast Farm Breeding Center, plays with her companion dog Remus, an Animal Rescue Fund rescue puppy, at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Cincinnati. The pairing marks the sixth successful cheetah-dog pairing at the zoo. Kris, the only surviving cub of her mother’s litter, was paired with Remus as cheetah mothers may abandon or fail to feed their offspring under such circumstances. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (AP) – Cheetahs from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will have about five acres of open terrain where they can run at a facility anticipated to be completed this summer.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the cheetahs will be transported from the zoo in suburban Cincinnati in custom, built-in van crates to the “Cheetah Run” at the zoo’s Bowyer Farm in Warren County.

Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley says the animals will have the space to run, but won’t be required to do so.

Mark Fisher, vice president of facilities, planning, and stability, says it will give the cheetahs space to stretch their legs.

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