Fun Day of Activities Planned on December 4 in Honor of the Cheetah

Join The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens on Sunday, December 4 to help celebrate International Cheetah Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To mark the day, The Living Desert will have numerous cheetah spot conservation learning experiences, such as the popular cheetah run and educational and interpretive carts, as well as a special opportunity to hear from Peter Gros, Cheetah Conservation Fund trustee and co-host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Throughout the park, guests will be encouraged to get #loud4cheetahs, and help do their part to help save endangered species around the world.

Learn more about the cheetah, Africa’s most endangered cat, and how you can raise awareness and call attention to the plight of the fastest mammal on Earth. The cheetah is not only the fastest, but oldest of all of the big cats, having survived more than 3-million years.  Today, there are fewer than 10,000 left of the majestic animals in the wild.

International Cheetah Day is just one of a number of events being held this year at The Living Desert during the “Year of the Cheetah.” The initiative kicked off earlier this fall with a launch of the enhanced cheetah exhibit and conservation outpost where guests can get up-close and personal with the cheetahs through the new observation window.


“International Cheetah Day is the perfect day for us to honor these fascinating animals and help raise awareness of their plight,” said Allen Monroe, President/CEO of The Living Desert. “Our Year of the Cheetah events have generated an enormous amount of interest from members and guests and we look forward to continuing that as we celebrate the cheetah on their special day.”

The Living Desert is home to five cheetahs.  Ntombi, aged 17, has lived at The Living Desert since 2010; Pula, aged 15, has lived at The Living Desert since 2011; and three 2-year-old sisters – Sudi, Kali, Bela who came to The Living Desert earlier this year.

International Cheetah Day is free for members or with paid admission. The Living Desert is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (760) 346-5694 or visit: or