Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus Recently I did some research on the cheetah of Perth Zoo and was interested to discover they sent one of their females, Kitoko (1998) on three breeding holidays to Monarto Zoo in late 2001, 2002 and 2004, each lasting around 6-8 weeks. The 2001 holiday resulted in the successful birth of a cub in March 2002. Perth Zoo initially held a breeding pair, Puss (1962) and Duma (1963), who were imported in 1967 but never bred. Research on captive breeding of cheetah has since proved that three main factors contribute to successful natural breeding: adequate space, a selection of males for the queen (breeding female) to choose from, and housing that is not in close proximity to other big cats, especially lions. Since Perth Zoo lacked these factors, they were likely to be unsuccessful and so sending Kitoko on a breeding holiday was essentially their only option. Hamilton Zoo attempted to breed in the 2000s with their pair, but were unsuccessful. This was most likely due to them only having the space to hold one male. In contrast, zoos like Orana Wildlife Park, Taronga Western Plains Zoo and Monarto Zoo have all experienced success. I’m interested to know why this hasn’t been trialled at the Hamilton and Wellington Zoos, instead of them both holding bachelors. The distance from Perth to Monarto is approximately 2,760km. Hamilton is 950km from Christchurch (Orana Wildlife Park) and Wellington is only 440km from Christchurch (Orana Wildlife Park). Hamilton or Wellington could hold a female, send her to Orana Wildlife Park for 6-8 weeks for breeding and then have her returned to their zoo to give birth and raise the cubs. Orana Wildlife Park currently have at least 4 females of reproductive age and are unable to allow all four to breed each year due to space limitations. This would also allow other zoos than Orana Wildlife Park to have the experience of rearing cheetah cubs for the first time.