Experience the unique opportunity of seeing leash-trained cats up-close and without bars. Cats are considered one of the most magnificent animals, and yet are disappearing today. Through interaction with a Zoo naturalist, you will learn about these endangered predators and what is being done to meet the challenges to their survival.

The Traveling Cat Ambassador Program

Click to watch video of Cat Ambassador school visit.

Schedule a 45-minute Educational Assembly which brings a cheetah and several of our other small cat ambassadors to your school. Every effort will be made to insure that students have the opportunity to see the cats up close. However, due to the nature of wild cats, students will not be permitted to touch animals.

Questions? or to register contact the Cat Show at (513) 475-6176 or email catshow@cincinnatizoo.org

Who can participate
  • K-12th grade and Adults.
  • Groups of all sizes are accommodated.
When is the Cat Show available?
  • November – February, call for availability. Evening programs by special arrangement.
How much does it cost to bring the Cat Show to your school?
  • First assembly $350, second assembly on the same day, $200.
  • Weekend, non-school or evening programs start at $800.
Standards for Schools

Cat Ambassador Program – OH Academic Standards (PDF)

Cat Ambassador Program – KY Academic Standards (PDF)

Cat Ambassador Program – IN Academic Standards (PDF)

Pre & Post Activities

These guides are designed to supplement traveling Cat Ambassador Programs.

A Voice for the Cheetah- Grades K-6 (PDF)

Meet the Cheetah- Grades K-2 (PDF)

Cheetah Encounter at the Zoo

Come see the cats in action, literally! Cheetah running demonstrations available to to the public. And the Cat Show is newly renovated! No registration required.

When are the Cheetah Encounters?


Cincinnati Zoo Cheetah Breaks World Speed Record

Record Breaking Run Came During National Geographic Magazine Shoot

“Sarah,” the Cincinnati Zoo’s 11-year-old cheetah, sets new world speed record!  She first earned the title of world’s fastest of all land mammals in 2009 when she covered 100 meters in 6.13 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 6.19 seconds set by a male South African cheetah named Nyana in 2001.  This year, Sarah shattered all 100-meter times when she posted 5.95 seconds.  By comparison, Sarah’s 100-meter run was nearly four seconds faster than the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt of Jamaica, whose fastest time for the same distance is 9.58 seconds.  Sarah’s top speed was clocked at 61 mph.

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