The two young cheetahs -- named Marvin and Mojo, and born in October 2010 -- have been moved to the zoo because as nearly full-grown animals they needed more space than the wildlife center could provide, OurAmazingPlanet reported Monday.
They have replaced an 8-year-old male cheetah named Barafu, which is now at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Va., to breed.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has classified cheetahs -- which can sprint as fast as 70 mph over short distances in pursuit of prey -- as endangered due to habitat loss and illegal hunting. Fewer than 10,00 cheetahs are thought to remain in the wild.
Inhabiting the drier regions of sub-Saharan Africa, the largest population of African cheetahs is found in Namibia.