Charlie was part of a litter of seven cheetahs that were born in 2005 in a special facility in South Africa. Third-generation cats bred in captivity are acceptable to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to be imported as “ambassador cats”. Charlie is one such ambassador.

At Panther Ridge, Charlie lives in a one-acre enclosure to have enough room to stretch his legs. He constantly delights visitors, who are assured close-up views and spectacular displays of his sleek body.

Most days, Charlie can be found lounging in the shade of a tree or wandering among the shaded areas to secure the coolest spots. If you are lucky, you’ll get to hear his powerful purr.