The King Cheetah (also known as Cooper's), once thought to be a separate sub-species, is an African
Cheetah exhibiting a rare fur pattern mutation. A recessive gene must be
inherited from both parents in order for this "blotchy" pattern
to appear. First discovered in Zimbabwe in 1926, this very rare animal has
been seen in the wild only 6 times. It has been known to exist in Zimbabwe,
Botswana and in the northern part of South Africa's Transvaal province.
The DeWildt Cheetah Research Centre in South Africa specializes in breeding
this cat in captivity.
King Cheetah ~ Zoo Adoption
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