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National Zoo mourns female cheetah, Tumai

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The Smithsonian's National Zoo is mourning the death of its senior female cheetah, Tumai.

Tumai died Friday overnight from a ruptured spleen due to a tumor.

The cheetah arrived at the National Zoo in 2004 from the Phoenix Zoo. During the same year, she gave birth to the National Zoo’s first litter of cheetah cubs.

Tumai was 13 years old.

Up to 10,000 cheetahs are estimated to be in the wild. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says cheetahs are vulnerable to extinction.

Current National Zoo visitors can expect to see three adult male cheetahs and two cheetahs that are not fully grown yet at the Cheetah Conservation Station.


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