Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Private zoo on Greenwich-Stamford border to house endangered cheetahs

Yes, you heard it right..

The world's fastest animal -- the cheetah -- will soon roam the fertile plains of Greenwich?
That's correct: A private backcountry animal center has won federal approval to import three cheetahs from South Africa to its sprawling Greenwich campus, despite questions about public safety and its nonprofit status as a zoo.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued a permit to the zoo, Lionshare Farm, to import two male cheetahs and one female to its 95-acre site on Taconic Road, for breeding and education purposes.
The approval comes despite previous objections by some residents, including state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, about the safety of housing the predatory cats near private homes, schools and a golf club.