Created: 4/25/2007 9:14:02 AM
Last updated: 4/25/2007 8:47:45 PM
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Three cheetah cubs born at the St. Louis Zoo in November are on public display for the first time starting Wednesday.
The cubs moved into their new home at the River's Edge area of the zoo.
First-time mother Lucia has been raising the two females and one male in her maternity den and behind-the-scenes in a breeding area since their birth on November tenth.
This is the first litter of cheetah cubs born at the zoo since 1992.
The cheetah is endangered throughout Africa. The zoo says that in the last century, the cheetah population, once $100,000, has declined to fewer than 12,000.
The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and admission is free.