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Cub mortality in the Kalahari Lion Panthera Leo Vernayi (Roberts, 1948)

F. C Eloff
Koedoe | Vol 23, No 1 | a643 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v23i1.643 | © 1980 F. C Eloff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 December 1980 | Published: 02 December 1980

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F. C Eloff, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

The extent and possible causes of cub mortality in the Kalahari lion are discussed. It is concluded that starvation is a major cause of death among cubs, largely due to the Kalahari lion's dependence on small mammals as a source of food. Other important mortality factors are abandonment of the cubs, dis- eases, the harsh desert environment and possibly predation.

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