Learn about the Baby Cheetah. This animal is truly built for speed. Most wild cheetahs are found in eastern and southwestern Africa. Average life span in the wild is 10 to 12 years. Baby cheetahs, called cubs, stay with their mothers until they are about a year and a half old. Cheetah cubs often hide in thick brush for safety. Cheetahs have a unique way of hunting. Female cheetahs are usually solitary after separating from their mother and litter-mates, at about 18 months of age. At 6 weeks the young are strong enough to follow the hunt and when they are about 6 months old the mother will capture live prey for them to practice killing. The population of these animals has been reduced greatly.