#Repost @natgeo with @appreposter Photo by @FransLanting Adorable, but vulnerable, three cheetah cubs watch their mother hunt in the Serengeti Plains, a few weeks after they first emerged from a den inside the rocks where they spent their first month hiding from predators like lions, hyenas, and leopards. More than half of all cheetah cubs do not survive the first four weeks of life and most of the rest do not make it beyond their first year. Cheetahs can’t climb trees like leopards, they can’t dig burrows like hyenas, and they’re not social like lions, so they are vulnerable no matter where they are. I photographed these cubs on assignment for @NatGeo and we cheered on their mother as she was facing the difficult challenges of motherhood alone. I’m posting this image in recognition of International Cheetah Day and I’d like to salute the individuals and organizations who are in the forefront of safeguarding a future for these endangered cats and hope that you will support them too. Thanks to Luke Dollar and NatGeo’s Big Cat Initiative, Laurie Marker and her Namibia-based Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), Rebecca Klein and the Cheetah Conservation Botswana project (CCB) and Luke Hunter and his colleagues at Panthera. Follow me @FransLanting for more images of cheetahs and other inhabitants of Wild Africa.
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