Only five per cent of cubs reach adult­hood

World of Animals - - 30 Amazing Facts About Cheetahs -

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

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