: News

Filed Under:

National Zoo Welcomes Three New Cheetahs

Play associated audio

Three male cheetahs, who have been living at the Smithsonian's Conservation Center near Front Royal, Va., are going to have a new home at the National Zoo. The five-and-one-half-year-old brothers, Draco, Granger and Zabini, go on view this weekend. They are named after characters from the "Harry Potter" stories.

Zoo officials say the three will be housed together because, in the wild, male cheetahs from the same litter form strong bonds called coalitions.

They will join 10-year-old Tumai, a female cheetah, based on recommendations from a Species Survival Plan.

Cheetahs are listed as a vulnerable species. They are the fastest land animals and are native to sub-Saharan Africa.


Lush And Romantic 'Handmaiden' Is The Year's Most Irresistible Love Story

Though he's known for making quasi-horror films, director Park Chan-wook's latest movie is a melodrama set in 1930s Korea. Critic David Edelstein says The Handmaiden is fun and full of twists.

Technology May Rescue Male Baby Chicks From The Grinder

The egg industry may soon eliminate a wasteful – and to some, horrifying – practice: Slaughtering male chicks. New technology can identify male embryos in eggs before they enter incubation chambers.

FBI To Reopen Investigation Into Hillary Clinton's Email

FBI Director James Comey told congressional leaders the agency came across further emails from Clinton's private email server and is determining whether they contain classified information.

A Moment Of Silence For The Black And Brown Talent That Grew On Vine

We'll miss Vine, but not just for its goofy, raw, six-second looped videos. We'll miss the platform for its ability to incubate young black talent.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.