Study Challenges Lion Threat to Cheetah Cubs

Science Daily reports on new research into cheetah cub survival which refutes the theory that lions are a cub’s main predator and big cats cannot coexist in conservation areas.

The study in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park found that 55% of litters and 53.6% of cubs survived to emergence with lions accounting for just 6.7% of mortality cases (compared to 78.2% in the Serengeti).

The authors of this new study argue the low survival rate of Serengeti cheetah cubs may be exceptional with the open landscapes making cubs more vulnerable to predators.

The theory cheetah cubs are at high risk from lions has impacted conservation strategies as it is considered that protected areas may not be suitable for cheetahs if they cannot coexist with large predators.

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