In case you comply with the zoo, I’m positive 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 dwell right here within the CAP the place we are able to increase her to be a wholesome, completely satisfied, 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 capable of undertake an lovable 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 essentially the most playful and liked chasing her siblings! In case you’re concerned about studying extra in regards to the relationship between cheetahs and their companion canines, try this weblog submit written by considered one of my fellow trainers: A Cat’s Finest Pal
Rozi is my first cheetah cub as a coach right here within the CAP, and though 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 residing up at our hospital. We wore scrubs and took our sneakers off to ensure we weren’t bringing any outdoors germs that would 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 buddies!
One of the crucial vital components of this course of has been introducing Daisy and Rozi to one another via brief, monitored play classes. At first, Rozi wasn’t so positive 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 1 one other and even began enjoying close to one another. As soon as Rozi had acquired 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 comfy, 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 ensure Rozi and Daisy get their night meals, and to ensure they get a enjoyable van journey to get them used to it. Rozi can even begin her coaching, studying to do behaviors like “sit,” “crate,” and even strolling on leash. The duo can be exploring the massive cheetah encounter yard and are excited to discover each inch of it. Considered one of my favourite issues to do with Rozi within the yard is play with our lunge toy, which is a wiffle ball on the tip of a protracted string. This exercise is nice follow 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 occasions for Rozi and Daisy enjoying within the yard, as we simply do it every time it’s finest 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 time we are going to see Rozi operating within the Kroger Cheetah Encounters alongside our different cheetah ambassadors!