Cheetah inbreeding in the Mara

20.03.2018
There was no evidence of inbreeding of cheetahs in the Mara Ecosystem until now, when a few days ago, Empaps M Sayialel at Olare Motorogi Conservancy documented mating of two cubs of Amani from the different litters – a male Hodari (born in 2012) was mounting a female Kisaru (born in 2016). Female cheetahs are promiscuous and can mate with several males during one cycle of estrus, so that cubs in one litter might have different fathers. This gives opportunity to different males to spread their genes and higher chances for females to conceive. If there were other males in the area, Kisaru might have mated also with another partner and give birth to healthy cubs.