Cheetah Life Cycle: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

You may know a few facts about cheetahs or have seen one at the zoo, but have you ever wondered about how they grow? This lesson will take you along for the life cycle of Carrie the cheetah!

Life Cycle and Baby Cheetahs

A life cycle is the way a living thing is born, grows, and dies. All living things, including plants and animals, have life cycles. Let's follow Carrie the cheetah to learn a little bit about the life cycle of a cheetah.

When Carrie was a baby cheetah, she was called a cub. Carrie's mother found a special safe area with tall grass surrounding it and had her babies there so that they would be safe from predators.

Since Carrie and all cheetahs are mammals, she was born as a live baby and not from an egg. Carrie was born with one brother and one sister. Most cheetahs are born in groups of three to five cubs.

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Young Cheetahs

Carrie and her brother and sister stayed with their mom for about a year and a half. Most young cheetahs live with their mothers for 1.5-2 years before they go out on their own.

When they were with their mother, Carrie and her brother and sister learned how to hunt and played with each other in their home, called a den. Cheetahs are carnivores, which means that they hunt and eat other animals like antelope and deer. Carrie's mother stayed with the cubs almost all the time, except when she left the den to hunt for food. Mothers care for the cubs, but father cheetahs are not there at all. Carrie and her brother and sister got milk from their mother.

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