The Indianapolis Zoo is opening a new exhibit this summer featuring one of the worlds most popular animals.
They are the world’s fastest animals on land and one of the most admired creatures in the Animal Kingdom. But despite their popularity amongst animal lovers all over the world, they are in danger of becoming extinct.
Indianapolis Zoo worker Holly Balok said, “Their numbers are down from 60 years ago. I think there was around 100,000 or so Cheetahs and now there is about 10,000 in all of the world.”
Dr. Laurie Marker is a cheetah conservationist who works in Africa. She believes it is vital to stress the importance of the endangered Cheetahs. That is why she came to Indianapolis to not only assist the zoo in designing the 20,000 square foot exhibit, but to also bring an important message.
Dr. Laurie Marker said, “A lot of our message here really revolves around letting people know the extreme need for saving them out in the wild as well. And our organization The Cheetah Conservation Fund really is embracing people from the United States to share with us in the work that we need to do to actually save them from the wild.”