Spring has seen Samara Private Game Reserve, near Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape, welcome a new litter of cheetah cubs into its family. The cubs’ mother, Chilli, is the daughter of the legendary Siberia, whose story has been told most recently in a National Geographic documentary, ‘The Miracle Cheetah’.
This is the second litter of cubs that Chilli has produced. The first litter was born in January 2017, and the cubs have grown up to be independent young adults roaming the Samara reserve, now hunting for themselves.
“The discovery of Chilli’s new litter was an exciting surprise,” says Marnus Ochse, General Manager at Samara. He reveals that the litter – comprising at least two cubs – was spotted by one of the trackers while taking clients on a guided walk. “Chilli was moving the cubs at the time,” Ochse says. “Although it was a wonderful sight, the tracker didn’t want to distress the new mother, so he retreated to give her space.”
Ochse says that although the rangers are eager to see how mother and cubs are progressing, their plan is to give them time to settle before they try to spot them again.