The mother is the key to the cheetah cub’s survival in the African savanna. Cheetah cubs face high mortality rates due to predation and competition with other large predators in the African savanna. They’re the most vulnerable during the first two months of their life. The mother must protect them from an extremely harsh environment where lions, leopards, and hyenas are their biggest enemies. If they do survive these harsh environments, they’ll emerge from their den with raised hair on their back to disguise them as aggressive honey badgers. To keep them protected from predators, the mother will continue moving them from den to den, until their eyesight improves and they’ve learned how to hunt from their mother (Cheetah).