Only five per cent of cubs reach adulthood
Mothers raise their young alone with no help from the father. When the female engages in hunting she must leave her cubs unsupervised, making them vulnerable to predation. Other big cats have similarly high infant mortality. Only one in five lion cubs reach maturity, but while this may seem tragic it does mean the fittest and strongest animals survive.
Females counter the loss of their young by conceiving again very quickly afterwards, and big cat researchers claim the death of adult cheetahs is more of a threat to stable populations. Conservation of sexually mature cheetahs is a vital step to cementing the species’ future through research, education and hands-on management.
Mothers do their very best to care for their babies and to ensure they are happy and healthy