Kumbali’s mother was not producing enough milk to keep him alive. He grew stronger with lots of feedings from Zoo handlers but he needed companionship. That’s when the Metro Richmond Zoo found Kago, a puppy at a rescue organization. The Zoo adopted Kago at 10 weeks old and introduced him to Kumbali. The two quickly became pals.
Dogs are often chosen to be companions for Cheetahs because of their calming influence. Their bond is strong, just like brother Cheetah’s in the wild and the two are inseparable.