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Cincinnati Zoo to build cheetah breeding facility in Warren County

TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Zoo officials said Wednesday they are ready to apply for permits needed to begin construction of a $1.5 million cheetah-breeding facility in Warren County.

The zoo owns more than 600 acres in the area and plans to move cheetahs from facilities in Clermont County. Forty-one cubs have been produced there since 2002, zoo officials said.

The Warren County Board of Commissioners recently approved rezoning the zoo properties and other land in the township, a zoo spokeswoman confirmed.

That paves the way for the zoo to apply for a construction permit. Officials hope to open this summer.

The zoo is one of nine AZA-accredited institutions that participate in a cheetah Breeding Center Coalition (BCC).

Working closely with the Cheetah Species Survival Plan, the BCC’s goal is to create a sustainable cheetah population that will prevent extinction of the world’s fastest land animal.

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