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Two cheetahs spotted at Gulf Breeze Zoo, first in zoo’s history

| Kaitie Kiger
Cheetahs are famous for being the fastest land animal, and now you can “spot” not one, but two in Northwest Florida. In early July, the Gulf Breeze Zoo welcomed two cheetahs – Big Mike and Safi. The four-year old brothers came to the Gulf Breeze Zoo from their sister Zoo, the Virginia Safari Park.

In the nearly 40 years the Gulf Breeze Zoo has been open, this is the first time they have had a cheetah exhibit, which can be seen daily next to the lions.

“It’s definitely a new adventure and I’m excited to be able to work with them and get to know them and build that relationship with them,” said McKenna Kuntzi, one of the cheetah keepers at the Gulf Breeze Zoo. “That’s pretty much the best part of our jobs is building relationships with the animals.”

The two new cheetahs – Big Mike and Safi – are 4-year-old brothers and love being around each other. Photo by Kaitie Kiger


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