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Zoo Miami Mourns Loss Of Ambassador “Savannah”

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Zoo Miami Mourns Loss Of Ambassador “Savannah”

Post  Guest on Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:58 am

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A forceful presence for wildlife conservation has passed away at Zoo Miami.

“Savannah”, the zoo’s first ambassador cheetah, was euthanized after several months of declining health due to her advanced age. At nearly 14 ½ years old, Savannah was an unusually elderly cheetah considering that most cheetahs in the wild rarely live past 10. Zoo spokesman Ron Magill said the extremely difficult decision was made to euthanize Savannah to avoid any further suffering.

Savannah arrived at Zoo Miami (then Metrozoo) in 1998 from the De Wildt Cheetah Center in South Africa where she was captive born.

Magill said Savannah was raised to travel off zoo grounds to participate in conservation education programs in schools and other venues as part of the zoo’s ambassador program. Not only did Savannah travel to local schools, she also traveled around the country and made appearances on national and international television programs. She was also featured at a number of major fundraisers to raise awareness for cheetah conservation.

In addition, she was a star in the daily Wildlife Show presented at the Amphitheater on zoo grounds.

Magill said through her many appearances in person and through the media, Savannah inspired millions of people to care about cheetahs while raising tens of thousands of dollars in support of efforts to protect them.


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Post  Laikipia on Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:31 am

RIP Savannah - she sounds like she was a very special cheetah.

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Post  Safari Maiden on Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:23 pm

Thanks for posting Simba.

That is sad reading, but sounds like she did a lot for cheetah conservation. I think she has deserved her rest.


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Post  littlewid on Tue Oct 18, 2011 10:43 pm

Very sad but sounds as though they made the right decision for savannah, it's never nice for an animal to suffer. After a long life raising awareness for the Cheetah it is good that savannah is now resting in peace.

Sleep Tight Savannah I love you Cheetah



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Post  Doogs on Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:36 pm

14½ years old is a great age for a Cheetah - sounds like they did the humane thing and put an end to her suffering. Hope you see Kike and Honey up there Wink Cheetah

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