Cheetah Cubs Birth - LIVE Channel
ANNOUNCEMENT: Meg and the cubs have been moved to a bigger enclosure so they have more space to grow. Unfortunately, this area is much to large for us to try and film. We hope to bring you another cheetah birth live from HESC very soon. Stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime try another of our LIVE wildlife cameras below.
The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals. Cheetah Conservation is one of their core disciplines.
The LIVE camera above is going to be broadcasting the LIVE cheetah birth of Meg, our expecting cheetah mother, and king cheetah father, Tristan. The room you see is a small birth hut connected to her enclosure at the HESC maternity ward.
It is expected that a few hours before the birth is about to take place she will begin going in and out of the small room. Once that starts to happen the actual birth should follow shortly. The birth will last for several hours, depending on how many cubs she has. Her last litter had 5 cubs.
Cheetah Mother Hopes Her Babies Can Keep King Cheetah Gene Alive
Cheetah mother Meg, and king cheetah father Tristan are about to have a litter of cubs in an attempt to keep the rare king cheetah gene alive for future generations.
At the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) which focuses on the conservation of rare, vulnerable or endangered animals, cheetah conservation is one of their core disciplines. Cheetahs are a threatened species and the rarest of them all is the "King Cheetah". This special line of cheetahs was first discovered in 1926, where it was thought to be a completely new and exciting species – a strange hybrid between a cheetah and a leopard. Although we now know that it is not a new species, but in fact a distinctive fur pattern variation of a normal spotted cheetah. King cheetahs have been reported in the wild, including a sighting in the Kruger National Park in 1974, but are incredibly rare, which raises the importance of a project such as this.
Meg and Tristan mated several months ago and a litter of cubs is expected to occur sometime this month (July, 2014). Meg does not carry the king cheetah gene, so none of these cubs will in fact be king cheetahs. However, they will all carry the gene, and in the future if paired with another gene carrying partner, a king cheetah birth would be possible.
At HESC, a special maternity ward has been constructed so that the females can give birth in a proper environment. That is part of what you are seeing on the LIVE camera above. Once the babies have been born the staff will allow nature to take its course and not approach the infant cats so that they can be cared for by their mother in the most natural way possible.
That being said, monitoring is of course an important part of conservation, so the centre has set up this 24/7 webcam with live video and sound in partnership with our team here at Africam.com. Through this device they cannot only monitor the cheetahs but also gather valuable information for future conservation efforts.
HESC believes that promoting education and awareness surrounding the cheetahs is paramount, which is why we are broadcasting LIVE from the maternity ward on this channel. You will be able to witness the birth itself, as well as the first few weeks of Meg raising her new babies. In addition, if you wish to help in the conservation effort, there is a donation portal link below the video player, where you can contribute directly to the care of the cubs.