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NATURE: The Cheetah Children

Airs Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. on KPBS 2

Two young cheetah cubs lie in the shade while their mother rests in the backg...

Credit: Courtesy of 2016 Kim Wolhuter

Above: Two young cheetah cubs lie in the shade while their mother rests in the background, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe.

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International Cheetah Day is this Friday!

Life on the African plains is a constant struggle, but for a single mother rearing her offspring, the odds seem to be stacked against them.

"The Cheetah Children" is an inspiring tale about motherhood and family, as we follow a cheetah family on the grasslands through the eyes of conservationist and cameraman Kim Wolhuter.

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For nearly two years in the forested hills of Zimbabwe, wildlife cameraman Kim Wolhuter shadowed a wild cheetah family on foot, to reveal in intimate detail the cubs’ remarkable journey to adulthood and their mother’s dedication in raising them.

The mother is completely on her own, protecting her five newborn cubs and teaching them how to hunt some of the continent’s fastest game.

Watch as the inquisitive cubs explore the world around them and discover their place in the forests of Zimbabwe.

Over time, two sister cubs survive and develop into brave and successful predators ensuring their species will give birth to another generation.

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NATURE is a production of THIRTEEN PRODUCTIONS LLC for WNET and PBS. For NATURE, Fred Kaufman is executive producer. Bill Murphy is series producer. "The Cheetah Children" is a production of Hat Creek Productions in association with Mavela Media for THIRTEEN Productions LLC and BBC Studios in association with WNET. Chris Morgan is narrator. Robyn Keene-Young is writer and director. Adrian Bailey and Kim Wolhuter are producers. Kim Wolhuter is also cinematographer. Matt Meech is editor. Original music by Alan Lazar.


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