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When Jomu the cheetah was last featured in these pages, she was just a glint in Dr. JoGayle Howard’s eye. A recent Washington City Paper article about advanced zoo reproduction procedures (see “Animal Attraction,” The District Line, 2/17), showed Dr. Howard inseminating Jomu’s mother in a mobile lab of the National Zoo’s New Opportunities in Animal Health Sciences (NOAHS) Center. One of the first cheetahs ever produced by artificial insemination, Jomu offers hope that scientists can preserve endangered cats whose populations are being ravaged by inbreeding and reproductive problems. Jomu was born at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas, but now that she is old enough to leave her mother, the 21-month-old (need we say cute?) cub has come to the National Zoo to help NOAHS scientists learn to encourage natural reproduction in wild cheetahs. The public can spot Jomu at the zoo’s Cheetah Conservation Station.