Cheetah, the fastest world’s fastest mammals are rapidly heading towards extinction. These animals range far beyond protected areas thus makes them in trouble and also its conflict with humans increased in recent years.
More than half the world’s surviving cheetahs live in six countries in southern Africa. In Asia it’s almost wiped off with only 50 individuals live in Iran.The shocking truth is, In Zimbabwe, the cheetah population has fallen from around 1,200 to just 170 animals in 16 years.
As its one of the unique spices, the young cats can fetch up to $10,000 on the black market. A report says, 1,200 cheetah cubs are known to have been trafficked out of Africa over the past 10 years but around 85% of them died during the journey.
If this continues then this spices will face the extinction in another decade or two and situation become like, we can only see these mammals in museums and photography.
COMMON NAME: Cheetah
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Acinonyx jubatus
AVERAGE LIFESPAN IN THE WILD: 10 to 12 years
SIZE: 3.5 to 4.5 ft; tail, 25.5 to 31.5 in
WEIGHT: 77 to 143 lbs
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