Our King Cheetahs
Virginia Safari Park is the only place in the United States where visitors can see the rare king cheetah. Originally thought to be a separate subspecies, the king cheetah is an African cheetah that features recessive genes. This color variation is naturally occurring and creates a unique pattern. Their extra thick coat features thick blotchy patterns instead of the defined spots. Come see our star king cheetahs, siblings Sully and Shani.
In the Wild
King cheetahs have been observed in the wild only six times in the past century – in Botswana, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa. The last occurrence was in 1986.