Cheetah Visits School Children

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DALLAS -- So what do you get when you mix a cheetah, a bird and a dog?

Well if you ask most school kids, they may think it's some odd hybrid creature. But if you ask Thomas Edison Middle Learning Center kids, they'll say it was an experience they won't forget.

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In honor of National Cheetah Day on December 4, the Dallas Zoo visited Thomas Edison kids with a cheetah, his best friend and a Trumpeter Hornbill.

Winspear Dallas ZooBest Friends

Winspear, a 16-month-old cheetah, and Amani, a labrador retriever, have grown up together since they were two months old.

Cheetahs are naturally shy and dogs who are comfortable in public settings help create a calming experience for the big cat. With fewer than 10,000 cheetahs in the wild, Amani and Winspear have become ambassadors to show the public why the world's fastest land mammal shouldn't be forgotten.

Winspear and Amani

With each animal that made the stage, the kids gasped and took pictures.

It's this type of excitement and wonder that the Dallas Zoo hopes will educate the public about these endangered creatures.

To find out how you can help keep these amazing creatures around visit

To go see Winspear and Amani in person check out the Dallas Zoo's Cheetah Encounter exhibit.

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