Cheetahs at Carson Spring are first ever born in Gainesville
At Carson Springs Christine and Barry Janks dedicate their time to taking care of the nearly 25 species of animals that call it home.
Christine Janks says the newest additions to the Carson Springs family are unique, but not just because of their spots.
“They’re the only cheetahs that have been born in Gainesville – ever.”
While there are many exotic animals it isn’t a zoo. It’s a wildlife conservation facility where visitors learn more about the animals by taking guided tours.
“It’s given by a professional zoologist and you hear not only information about the species, but the whole life story of the animals. You learn things that you would not learn in any other setting,” Janks said.
Many of the exotic animals at Carson Springs are endangered or at risk of being endangered.
Just about 7,000 cheetahs remain in the wild, as the world’s fasted land mammal gets dangerously close to racing towards extinction.
Christine says Carson springs isn’t just about showing people animals, it’s about educating them on conservation.
“We like to think of ourselves as an education conservation facility because we’re dedicated to talking about real life conservation and real-life solutions.”
The foundation also works with the endangered wildlife trust of South Africa to preserve endangered species, especially cheetahs.
At Carson Springs conservation isn’t just something they talk about it – it’s part of their mission.
That’s why every animal accepted into the foundation has a forever home.