Singita Pamushana

Pamushana | May 2012

There seems to be a peak in predators right now as there are two different lionesses with cubs, a leopard mother whose cub we’ve just glimpsed in the last week, a den of hyena cubs, a pack of wild dogs with a heavily pregnant alpha female. The cheetah family have had a tough time, but the survivors are doing well as you’ll see from the story that follows. The mother cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) has two female cubs that are now about nine months old. They are the two survivors from a litter of five. We suspect the first was killed by a lion, the second by a leopard and the third by an undiagnosed illness. Fortunately wildlife filmmaker Kim Wolhuter who spends most days with this cheetah family quickly intervened when the two remaining cubs showed signs of illness and injury, and thanks to veterinary care these endangered cheetahs have survived. Out searching for them recently e could pinpoint where they were thanks to a wake of vultures perched in a tall mopane tree.