In the event you comply with the zoo, I’m certain you’ve seen our 2 latest (and cutest) additions to the Cat Ambassador Program (CAP): Rozi and Daisy! Rozi is a cheetah cub that got here to us from Wildlife Safari in Oregon. She was a single cub and couldn’t be cared for by her mother, so she got here to stay right here within the CAP the place we will elevate her to be a wholesome, blissful, and profitable ambassador cheetah!
As a result of Rozi was a single cub and cheetahs usually develop up with siblings, we knew she wanted a pet companion. Fortunately, we had been in a position to undertake an cute pet, Daisy, from considered one of our native animal shelters to be Rozi’s new companion. Daisy was the smallest pet in her litter, however she was probably the most playful and liked chasing her siblings! In the event you’re fascinated by studying extra concerning the relationship between cheetahs and their companion canines, try this weblog publish written by considered one of my fellow trainers: A Cat’s Greatest Buddy
Rozi is my first cheetah cub as a coach right here within the CAP, and regardless that I met Kris after I was a seasonal keeper, I’m so excited to get to be part of Rozi’s care and coaching this time round! When Rozi first received right here, she was dwelling up at our hospital. We wore scrubs and took our sneakers off to verify we weren’t bringing any exterior germs that might hurt her till she was utterly vaccinated. Once we adopted Daisy, she additionally began on the hospital for her quarantine interval with Rozi. That is the place they began spending time collectively and turning into pals!
One of the necessary components of this course of has been introducing Daisy and Rozi to one another by way of brief, monitored play periods. At first, Rozi wasn’t so certain about Daisy, however I wouldn’t be an enormous fan of one thing that barks as loud as Daisy does both! Over time, they began to get used to at least one one other and even began enjoying close to one another. As soon as Rozi had obtained sufficient of her vaccinations, she was protected to return as much as our constructing. To get her used to the constructing and to assist her get extra snug, me and the opposite CAP trainers stayed in a single day (on a futon in our kitchen!) till they grew accustomed to the house. My first in a single day shift was a lot enjoyable! Rozi and Daisy performed within the kitchen, and as soon as Rozi fell asleep, Daisy and I even watched a part of a Harry Potter film (she determined she’s a Gryffindor).
Now that they’ve been up within the constructing for a bit now, they’re positively well-adjusted and loving life within the CAP! Trainers are nonetheless staying late to verify Rozi and Daisy get their night meals, and to verify they get a enjoyable van experience to get them used to it. Rozi may even begin her coaching, studying to do behaviors like “sit,” “crate,” and even strolling on leash. The duo can be exploring the big cheetah encounter yard and are excited to discover each inch of it. One among my favourite issues to do with Rozi within the yard is play with our lunge toy, which is a wiffle ball on the top of a protracted string. This exercise is nice apply for operating after the lure sometime! Daisy’s present favourite actions are enjoying within the pond and operating round with Moose and Remus, our different cheetah companion canines.
There aren’t any set instances for Rozi and Daisy enjoying within the yard, as we simply do it at any time when it’s greatest for them and our schedule. Many individuals have requested when Rozi goes to be in our cheetah encounters, and the reply just isn’t for some time! Hopefully subsequent summer season we are going to see Rozi operating within the Kroger Cheetah Encounters alongside our different cheetah ambassadors!