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Cheetah Cub Update

WRITTEN BY // Leah Brousse CATEGORIES // The Inverdoorn Diaries

16 - 22 June

Cheetah Cub Update

This week something very sad happened at Inverdoorn. We lost one of our cheetah cubs. When we went to check on the cubs on Monday we realised that one was missing and after closer observation saw that another cub was injured and had a big cut on its back. The cub urgently needed help and we decided that it would be for the best to take the other two with us, since we didn't know what had happened.

Later on we went back to look for the missing cub and unfortunately I found it dead with a similar wound on its back. We still unsure about what happened to the cubs, but since the breeding facility is in a remote area, jackals might pass through, as well as birds of prey.

We are very upset that we had to take the cubs away from their mum, especially since she was such a wonderful mother, but we couldn't risk losing another one. The mother is fine and hopefully she will have another litter soon that she will take great care of.

Into the Wild - Cheetah Cub Facts
• Cheetahs can breed at any time of the year, but they usually mate in the dry season.
• Cubs are born about three months later.
• There are usually three to five cubs in a litter.
• New-born cubs weigh about 142 to 284 grams.
• Cubs have a long, woolly coat running down their backs known as a mantle.
• The cubs are weaned when they are about three months old.
• The mother protects them from predators such as lions and hyenas by moving them around between dens.
• After about six weeks, the cubs start following their mother around and she teaches them to hunt.
• Cheetah cubs live with their mother until they are about 18 months old. Females then strike out on their own and males stay together in groups known as coalitions.

About the author

Leah Brousse

Leah Brousse

Leah Brousse is the main cheetah handler at at the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation at Inverdoorn Game Reserve and Iziba Safari Lodge. She was born in France, grew up in Germany and now calls South Africa home where she is making her dream of working with cheetahs come true.

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