Such defenseless predators
Lions, leopards, cheetahs are all menacing predators, each of whom is a great hunter. Someone stronger, someone smarter, someone faster, but they are completely defenseless and require serious protection. And it's not about the dangers coming from a person. And if not a man, then who?
All of the above predators are born completely unsuitable for living in the wild. The young of such large predators are so small that even small snakes and birds of prey are able to eat or carry them, and then eat them. And what can we say about other cats that will always gladly kill the offspring of competitors. Kittens are born helpless and blind. They can not normally move at least the first month of life. And if you consider that they are also blind, then they have no chance of escape.
Quite a different situation with their future feed. Calves of ungulates such as gazelles and antelopes, after a few minutes after birth, stand up on their feet and very soon begin to run pretty quickly.Of course, even a few months will be pretty easy prey for any predator, but at the same time, they are still not as helpless as the young predators.
Of course, the loss of a mother condemns any calf to death, whether it is a predator or a herbivore. Is that the lion cubs in the great pride are not threatened with death if their mother dies, as usually in prides always several lionesses give birth and feed babies at the same time, without dividing them into their own / alien. The rest of the animals most likely to survive is not.
In predators, children remain with their mothers for at least one and a half, and more often, two years. And only in two years they become completely independent hunters, able to fully stand up for themselves. In ungulates, the process of growing up occurs much faster, which, in fact, allows nature to retain the number of animals, even taking into account all modern negative factors and threats. But with predators, at least in the savannah, the situation is not very good. Yes, people actively destroyed lions, leopards and other beautiful animals, but even where hunting is prohibited and poaching has practically been eradicated, the number of predators does not increase. And, alas, the cause is precisely the helplessness of the young and their high mortality from natural threats.The lions and hyenas, family animals, are more or less normal, where there is someone to stand up for the little ones. The number of hyenas and lions in many African reserves gradually began to grow, but for single cats things are very bad. For example, in cheetahs, no more than a quarter of kittens live to the age of two, a little better is the statistics for leopards. At the same time, both of them are at risk and their future seems to me very bleak ...