The cheetah, which used to wander on limitless territories, has now no other choice but to hunt within the very limited area of the reserve. It then finds
itself in fierce and direct competition with other competitors. Very often the big African predators such as the lions, the leopards and the hyenas above all steal the leopards
As the cheetah cannot take the risk of being injured during a fight it would lose for sure (the injury would weaken it and prevent it from capturing its preys
and condemn it to a certain death) it quickly abandons the fruit of its hunt to its opportunistic rivals. On top of that, the females which are solitary and living away from any social
organization, breed their offspring on their own. As a result, the cubs lose their way and are often found and killed by such predators as lions, hyenas, chacals, baboons or pythons and sometimes
even by stray dogs. One litter, usually made of six cubs, can be killed in no time !
The reasons for the fall in the number of cheetahs are complex and the causes multiple. It would be risky to try to find them and to name them with certainty. However, with 25 years of on the ground observation and experience we can assert the following elements :