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The Endangered Speedster of the African Wild

The Endangered Speedster of the African Wild

They’re beautiful, they go from zero to 60 miles an hour in three seconds, and they’re endangered.  Cheetahs — the race cars of the wild — have declined since 1900 from more than 100,000 in Africa and Asia to a mere 10,000 today, according to the National Geographic.

Two reasons for the decline of cheetahs are a loss of habitat to human development and the illegal pet trade in cheetah cubs. Cheetahs are relatively small and shy compared to other big cats, and, unlike lions, they cannot roar, says Roff Smith, the article’s author.  Even in African game parks, which should be places of protection, cheetahs are under pressure. Lions and other animals that are larger and stronger are pushing them to the brink.

Cheetahs once roamed throughout Africa and Asia, but most are found in Africa today. The cheetahs left in Asia are “living on a knife edge,” says Luke Hunter, president of Panthera, which supports cheetah conservation in Iran. Hunter added that despite the odds, Asian cheetahs are “tough and versatile,”  with small numbers managing to survive in the mountains. An important focus of Aid for Africa’s mission is the preservation of African wildlife.

Other Aid for Africa member organizations are also working to save the cheetah. Wildlife Conservation Network supports cheetah conservation in Botswana and Namibia. Friends of Conservation–Friends of the Masai Mara supports wildlife conservation programs that include cheetahs.  Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya works as catalyst for the conservation of wildlife, including the cheetah and its habitat, by integrating wildlife conservation into economic needs of local people. Learn more about what Aid for Africa members are doing to protect cheetahs and other wildlife in Africa.

Aid for Africa is an alliance of 85 U.S.-based nonprofits and their African partners who help children, families and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Aid for Africa’s grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation and wildlife protection in Africa.


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11:12AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

thanks for sharing

9:51PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

cheetahs are so beautiful! i hope they don't go extinct...

5:11AM PST on Nov 25, 2012

Man has taken over almost all of animals territories. Mother Nature will hit back soon to even things out.

9:29AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

What the world needs urgently is the HUMAN EXTINTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8:00PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

It is always small grouop of people who does not care about wildife but cares only their only profits and satisfaction. It is very sad. Thank you, widlife conservation network people.

1:48PM PST on Nov 20, 2012

Thanks for posting, very sad.

10:27AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

It seems like animals become endangered at a fast rate lately :(

5:40AM PST on Nov 20, 2012

It's so sad to read that because of men some animals are in danger. Why do we have to destroy aìeverything God gave us?

1:15PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

very many animals are endangered :(

1:08PM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for sharing this very sad news. When will we as humans learn to coexist in this world with other creatures.

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