Twin cheetahs arrive at Denver Zoo

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Cheetahs Marvin and Mojo

Cheetahs Marvin and Mojo

DENVER — Marvin and Mojo, twin cheetah cubs who are close to fully grown, have been shipped to the Denver Zoo from their old home in Ohio.

The two were born in The Wilds, a wildlife conservation center near Zanesville, in October 2010. They are the zoo’s first cheetahs since Barafu, an 8-year-old male who was sent to the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Virginia a little more than two years ago.

The Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s Species Survival Plan is what brought the pair of cheetahs to Denver.

“In this case the move was made to provide space for two males who aren’t currently recommended to breed,” the Denver Zoo wrote in a release.

Cheetahs are the fastest of land mammals, capable of running up to 70 miles per hour, and according to the Zoo, experts believe there are only 10,000 of them left in the wild.

Many cheetahs are still being poached for their fur.