Quantcast

Sierra Magazine: Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
Printer-friendly version Share:  Share this page on FacebookShare this page on TwitterShare this page by emailShare this page with other services

Animal Families: Cheetah Babies

Photography by Suzi Eszterhas | Text by Della Watson

comments | next 4 of 9 next
Cheetah Babies
comments | next 4 of 9 next

Young cheetah cubs appear almost like chicks before they've opened their eyes. "A cheetah's den is called a 'nest,' and they do literally chirp like birds," Eszterhas says. Cheetahs typically have three to six cubs per litter, but their mortality rate is alarmingly high. Although adult cheetahs can outrun any other land animal on the planet, the cubs aren't as fast, and they face predation from jackals, birds of prey, hyenas, leopards, and lions, among other animals.

 


Sierra Club® and "Explore, enjoy and protect the planet"® are registered trademarks of the Sierra Club. © 2014 Sierra Club.
The Sierra Club Seal is a registered copyright, service mark, and trademark of the Sierra Club.