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(Updated February 15)

Photo of cheetah Becca

PROVIDENCE, RI (Feb. 15, 2024) The Roger Williams Park Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Becca, one of our cherished cheetahs. Becca, aged 10, peacefully passed away surrounded by the devoted staff who cared for her.

In recent weeks, Becca’s health had declined significantly, ultimately leading to the difficult decision for humane euthanasia. She battled with gastritis, a common ailment among cheetahs, which poses challenges for animal care and veterinary teams. Despite intensive efforts including dietary changes, medications, and specialized medical interventions, her condition continued to worsen. During a recent examination, it became evident that further medical treatment would not be feasible, leading to the decision for humane euthanasia to prevent prolonged suffering.

Becca arrived at the zoo in 2015 with her siblings, quickly capturing the hearts of staff and guests alike. She leaves behind her sisters, Abbey and Janga, who will receive continued care and support.

“Her caregivers will cherish Becca’s memory for her sweet but sassy disposition. Along with her sisters, she brought joy to countless guests,” shared Amy Roberts, chief zoological officer.

In memory of Becca, the zoo encourages visitors to share their favorite photos and stories on the Zoo’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Remembering Becca:

  • Becca arrived at the zoo from the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas in 2015.
  • Becca embodied the charm and power of cheetahs, the world’s fastest land mammal.
  • Despite their speed and agility, cheetahs face numerous threats in the wild, leading to an estimated population of only 7,500-10,000.
  • Zoos like Roger Williams Park Zoo play a vital role in raising awareness and supporting cheetah conservation efforts.
  • Becca’s memory will continue to inspire the zoo’s dedication to cheetah conservation and animal welfare.

Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places. Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.


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