For the first 3-11 days of a cub’s life, he or she does not have sight. This endangers them as they are helpless.
To indulge their curiosity we often spend a lot of time playing and for the times that I do not play fight with my young, they do so amongst each other. Building up core foundations and skills that is needed for their adulthood.
It is up to Lion cubs are born in litters of 2-3, 4 being the usual. After their birth they are taken to a safe place where they are cared for either by their mother alone, or the females within the pride. Infanticide is a common problem for cubs, the main predators which they are exposed to are hyenas, leopards, and other lions. The lioness knows that she needs to hide her baby lions from the moment that they are born.
I am a cub, cute but mischievous. After six weeks of hiding in dense grass, I begin eating meat like the adults, but I continue to nurse until I am 7 months old. My solid meals are leftovers of anything my mother is eating, which is often enough for me. I am fully grown by the age of 3-4 years old, at this point I must take care of myself. I enjoy playing with my mom, dad, siblings, and other members of the pride. While I am having fun, I am also learning hunting skills and building relationships with those around me. We are highly social, and we genuinely love our family time. Lion cubs only start walking between the ages of 10-15 days. They are tremendously adorable creatures in their young years. Due to injuries, infanticide, illness and starvation, only 1 in 8 cubs survive to adulthood. Those who do survive and grow up to be adults in a pride need to be preserved to prevent extinction.
Young humans are the future generation of the earth and need to be protected, guided and strengthened. In the same way, young animals take the same position in the animal kingdom. The young lioness grows up to control the population of other animal species, the male cub is born with the instinct to protect his territory from grazers and more. Wild and Free hopes to see change in the lives of both the young humans and animals. It is up to NGO's like us to help conserve.
Wild and Free Foundation (WFF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the USA. WFF is registered as a section 18A public benefit organization (PBO) in South Africa. USA EIN #47-2266595 SA PBO #930061358