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Gujarat Zoo tries to play Cupid for Cheetahs

india Updated: May 27, 2009 17:16 IST
Cheetah courtship

After hogging limelight for acquiring the earth's fastest mammals, Cheetah from Singapore, officials of Sakkarbaugh Zoo in Junagarh, Gujarat have now got down to do more serious job ensuring courtship between the two African pairs.

And they know its not an easy task given that the male Cheetahs who live in groups usually attack female, which are solitary in nature and seldom show any obvious behaviour revealing their reproductive status.

"Breeding Cheetah is very challenging. But we will make this happen. We will soon visit to De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust is South Africa to get the training in breeding of the endangered species.

"De Wildt has achieved remarkable success in increasing the population of the spotted big cat," V J Rana, director Sakkarbaugh Zoo told PTI.

Breeding among predators have been made possible by the De Wildt after several experiments which ended up in constructing a "lovers' lane" along the female enclosures where males could troop past down the alley, he explained.

If there's a good reaction between the males and a female the couple is put together.