As part of a recommendation from a species conservation group, The Denver Zoo has added a couple of predators to their Cheetah yard.
Twin brothers Marvin and Mojo come by way of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA) Species Survival Plan from a wildlife reserve in Zanesville, Ohio called "The Wilds." The brothers are the zoo's first cheetahs since Barafu, an 8-year-old male who was sent to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia as part of the same Species Survival Plan.
"In this case it was to provide space for two males who aren’t currently recommended to breed," reads the press release.
Cheetahs are are classified as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and experts believe there are as few as 10,000 cheetahs left in the wild. Their numbers have dwindled due to illegal hunting for their fur, habitat destruction or conversion to farmland and elimination of prey species.
Marvin and Mojo are 2-years-old and nearly full-grown.