Cheetah mothers' vigilance: looking out for prey or for predators?

  title={Cheetah mothers' vigilance: looking out for prey or for predators?},
  author={Tim Caro},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  • T. Caro
  • Published 15 January 1987
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
SummaryFree-living cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) cubs are killed by a number of predators, thus vigilance in cheetah mothers may be a form of anti-predator behaviour as well as a means of locating prey. Mothers' vigilance during the day was closely associated with measures of hunting but not with measures of anti-predator behaviour. In contrast, mothers' vigilance at kills was not related to hunting but was related to anti-predator behaviour. Both forms of vigilance decreased as cubs grew older… 

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