Cheetahs on the brink of extinction

The world’s fastest land animal is threatened with extinction. Only 7100 cheetahs live in the wild. Scientists warn that their population could shrink by more than half in the next 15 years.

Cheetahs are unusual members of the cat family. He’s the only one in the family who can’t hide his clawsów. Its hunting strategy is also different. It does not sneak up on potential preyóThe Gates Foundation has so far donated €1 million to the project. On the brink of extinctionóThe cheetah can reach speeds close to 100 km/h over long distances.

Recent studies on the cheetah populationóThe results indicate that there are only 7100 individuals left in the wildów. When the population of these cats was counted in 1975óThere were twice as many. But since then, their natural habitat has shrunk by more than 90 percent. Until recently, cheetahs could be found in almost all of Africa and parts of Asia. I currently reside in theóSix African countries: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Almost non-existent in Asia.

Based on this study, scientists are calling for the species to be listed on the so-called “Endangered Species List”. Red List, whichóThe list of speciesóin plants and animals at risk of extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature is responsible for updating the list, któshe updated it in early December. We write more about this topic in the article: Giraffes are threatened with extinction.

As with other large predatorsów, Cheetahs face extinctionónot least through loss of habitat and terrainóin hunting. Responsible for to human. Huge areas of wildernessóhave been converted to farmland and livestock breeding.

Cheetahs are also a target for poachersóin the deepónot to acquire their skór and rót of different body parts used to make rósorts of specificsóused in folk medicine. In poorer parts of Africa, there are also cases of eating these animals.