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Cheetahs sprint in for a visit


Cheetah team from Wildlife Safari stops by Lake Oswego High School

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Sarah Roy of Wildlife Safari keeps hold of a cheetah allowing Lake Oswego High School students a chance to snap a quick picture.Two slinky big cats were mugging for cameras at Lake Oswego High School recently.

The animals, siblings Mchumba and Khayam, were two of three ambassador cheetahs from Wildlife Safari in Winston, and the cheetah team made an impromptu visit to the school on June 5.

Wildlife Safari Marketing Director Tena Lammers said the team was in the area for an interview at a local TV station and decided to stop by. The group visits many organizations because part of its mission is to bring attention to the plight of endangered species, Lammers said.

The organization houses more than 600 animals and boasts 600 acres.

It has the largest cheetah breeding program in the Northern Hemisphere, Lammers said.

Since the park’s opening in 1972, 171 cheetahs have been born there. The effort supports a survival plan for the animal. There are fewer than 10,000 cheetahs in existence.

Cheetahs are the fastest land mammal and can sprint up to 70 miles per hour.

For more information, visit wildlifesafari.net.