Experience the unique opportunity of seeing cats up close and in person. 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

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

Questions? or to register contact the Cat Encounter at (513) 475-6176 or email [email protected]

The Cat Ambassador Program is supported by the Joanie Bernard Foundation.

The Zoo partners with the Joanie Bernard Foundation to spread the word about housecat spay and neutering programs available at low cost or no cost.

Who can participate
  • K-12th grade and Adults.
  • Groups of all sizes are accommodated.
  • Program must take place indoors, in a venue with enough room for students to be seated at least 15 feet back from the animals.
  • Students will need to remain seated the entire program, in assembly style seating.
When is the Cat Encounter available?
  • November – February only, call for availability. Evening programs by special arrangement.
How much does it cost to bring the Cat Encounter to your school?
  • First assembly $500, second assembly on the same day, $250.
  • Weekend, non-school or evening programs start at $850.
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)

Kroger Cheetah Encounter at the Zoo

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

When are the Kroger 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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