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New cheetahs make their first appearance at the Maryland Zoo

Two tawny-colored cheetahs, Refu and Wgasa, can now be spotted at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

The endangered felines arrived from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and recently finished their required 30-day quarantine. They're now claiming their places in the African Journey section of the zoo.

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Mike McClure, the general curator at the zoo, said in a release that the two males share a strong bond. At the counsel of the Cheetah Species Survival Plan and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Wgasa and Refu made the trek to Baltimore to sustain genetically diverse populations of cheetah and fill the vacancy in the zoo exhibit.

"North American zoos that have cheetah work cooperatively on research and conservation on behalf of these cats," McClure said in the release.

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Despite being the fastest mammal on land, the cheetah has not escaped the endangered species list. In the wild, cheetahs can be only found in eastern, southwestern and central Africa as well as in parts of Iran, according to Defenders of Wildlife, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C. The species is threatened with extinction as a result of illegal wildlife trade, habitat loss and hunting.

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