Cheetah Cubs Play Outside for First Time Published February 22, 2011 • Updated on February 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm The two-month-old cubs were adorable in a new place last week. 14 photos 1/14 Smithsonian National Zoo Cheetah cub 2/14 Smithsonian Institution The National Zoo's two-month-old cheetah cubs went outside to play for the first time on Friday. 3/14 Smithsonian Institution The older cub, a male, was born on Dec. 6, 2010 to Amani. The younger cub, a female, was born on Dec. 16, 2010 to Zazi. 4/14 Smithsonian Institution It's easy to tell them apart -- the male has a prominent white mantle. 5/14 Smithsonian Institution Zazi is the mother of the female cub, but she also serves as foster-mother of the male. This is because a mother cheetah usually can't generate enough milk when she only has one cub. Zazi kept a watchful eye over the cubs as they played outside Friday. 6/14 Smithsonian Institution The cubs live at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va. 7/14 Smithsonian Institution Need more cub viewing in your life? You can view the cheetah cam here. 8/14 Smithsonian Institution 9/14 Smithsonian Institution 10/14 Smithsonian Institution 11/14 Smithsonian Institution 12/14 Smithsonian Institution 13/14 Smithsonian Institution 14/14 Smithsonian Institution 0 More Photo Galleries Brag on Your Grad: Celebrating 2020 Graduates in DC, Maryland and Virginia Photos: Protests, Unrest in DC Following George Floyd’s Death Protesters, Enraged by Black Americans Killed, Gather Nationwide NBC4-T44 Friday Fun: Show and Tell!