Thanda Safari – Conservation in Action

Today the Thanda Safari wildlife department recovered two six month old Cheetah cubs whose mother had been recently killed by Lions, which are one of the major threats to Cheetahs in the wild. Veterinarian Dr.Mike Toft darted the two young males. Wrapped in towels to keep them warm, the cubs were transferred into one of Thanda’s predator bomas (an enclosed secure area). Soon after they woke up the two little cats enjoyed their first ‘room service’ (a dead Impala antelope). Thanda Safari wildlife management is currently evaluating how to proceed, as the two youngsters are not old enough yet to fend for themselves.

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More about Cheetah and Lions:
Lions are capable of killing Cheetahs, but Lions rarely eat Cheetahs. When given the chance, Lions will kill adult or cub Cheetahs that are found in their territory. Close to 90 percent of Cheetah cubs die within a few weeks at the hands of Lions, Hyenas or Wild Dogs. Adult Cheetahs often have their own kills taken away by other predators before they are able to eat. Cheetahs are lucky if they survive such encounters.

Pictures by Christian Sperka – Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Safari

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