In the Serengeti, cheetah cubs are born into a life of uncertainty. Competition for food can be costly, and ninety-five percent of cheetah cubs will die before they reach independence. Many of these dotted creatures will suffer an untimely death at the paws of a hunting lion simply because the iconic big cat has an instinct to eliminate the competition. Packs of hyena might also target a lone cheetah simply because area prey isn’t as appetizing.
It’s believed that about 12,000 cheetahs remain in the wild. Discover more about the cheetah species.
Learn more about these fascinating felines and tune into Africa’s Great Rift: Kingdom of the Cheetah, Monday November 29th at 8 PM et/pt