Kumbali and Kago



Species: Cheetah

Born: Metro Richmond Zoo

Date of Birth: May 12, 2015

Parents: Hatari and Khari

History: Kumbali was the runt of his litter and while his siblings continued to gain weight, he started losing weight. Concerned staff quickly discovered that his mother only had 2 of her 8 nipples functioning for 3 cubs. To ensure all of the cubs’ survival, we pulled Kumbali to hand raise him. We instantly fell in love with him, but Kumbali was in need of a companion.

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Species: Yellow Lab Mix

Born: Alabama

Date of Birth: May 2015

Parents: Unknown

History: Human care takers abandoned Kago. The Art of Paws rescued him from a high kill shelter in Alabama. He was brought to Virginia where we ultimately found him through a cooperating rescue organization, AWOL MUTTS.

Adopted by Zoo: Saturday, July 16th, 2015

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  • Kumbali and Kago are on exhibit everyday
  • During the Cheetah Keeper Talk
    • educational presentation given by one of our zoo keepers at Kumbali and Kago’s exhibit
    • everyday at 11:30 a.m.

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