All the lions, tigers and cheetah seen here in Mauritius have been abandoned from their captive bred family units in South Africa. The cubs are often abandoned by their mothers for many reasons, one being the sheer fact of having given birth for the first time and simply not knowing what is going on!

Hence the cubs are often bitten, left to die or we have even had an instance when the mother has actually picked up the cubs one by one and dropped them in the water trough!

That is why it is so fortunate that within a captive breeding unit the parents are monitored from the day of conception, the gestation through to the birth of the cubs and then if necessary to take the cubs away from the mother in the case of her abandoning them.

They all flew to Mauritius between 2007 and 2011.