New Arrivals: Cheetah Cubs!

February 2021

 

Cheetah cubs

Cheetah cubs approx 2 months old

 

 

There has been much excitement at the lodge as your beautiful young female gave birth to 4 cheetah cubs and Ranger Jacques managed to see them at around 2 months old.

As you may know cheetahs are on the endangered list and we work with Cheetah conservation programs, EWT (Endangered wildlife trust) and are part of the national cheetah meta population management plan, this oversees all cheetah populations in all park including private. The Cheetah populations are managed with their genetics in mind , one of the biggest problems with cheetahs is genetic diseases which is due to their very low numbers, they are very susceptible to genetic diseases and disorders - so this management program makes sure that cheetahs are relocated in to new parks and reserves as this assists with the gene pool. The cheetahs are closely managed hence you will see in the image the female is collared, this  especially applies to  the females as they are very valuable for reproducing and increasing the population base, so with the collar we are able monitor them should there be any illness or problems, then we can step in very quickly and find them in the reserve and it is a value additional management tool as we have daily updates on monitoring from the collar . 

Cheetah cubs are blind at birth, eyes open at 10-12 days, which makes them fully dependent on their mother for food. Until the age of three to six months, the cubs drink their mother’s milk for nutrients.

 

Cheeth Cub

Cub will still be dependant on mom

 

At three months of age, they will start to eat meat and live prey will be brought to cubs by the mother in order to practise hunting, they learn to hunt from their mother starting around 1.5 months of age. By the time they are six months, the cubs will attempt to hunt young gazelles and hares. At 15 months old, they are normally prosperous hunters. Cubs should be independent from 18 months old. In the images and the video you will see our new cubs practising to eat meat! 

Cubs at three months

Cubs at three months practicing to eat meat!

 

 

Hope you will follow the journey of our young cheetahs - you can follow us on you tube https://youtu.be/VPrNdX_mB2k  watch here the young cheetah practicing to eat meat
Look forward to seeing you at the lodge
Regards the Amakhosi Team!