According to a study that talks about the accelerated reduction of cheetahs, this magnificent animal is facing extinction.
Scientists estimate that the wilds of Africa and a small part of the territory of Iran, are home to only about 7,100 cheetahs. And with the spread of human settlements, they are chasing away the predator from its natural habitat.
In the study authors called to mark the cheetah as an endangered species, and not as sensitive race as it is now. Because this predator has already lost 91% of its natural habitat, writes “Independent”.
“This is a really crucial time for species such as the cheetah who need quite large areas to live”, said Sarah Durant. Sarah Durant is a specialist in these animals in the Zoological Society of London and leader of the study published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “.
The study indicated that about 77% of habitats of cheetahs are found outside protected areas. It is indispensable that local authorities promote tolerance for this predator that sometimes hunts the resident’s cattle.
In Zimbabwe, over 16 years, the population of cheetahs fell from 1,200 to just 170 animals. Their cubs on the black market can fetch up to $10,000. According to the foundation, in the last 10 years in Africa are smuggled about 1,200 offspring of these animals. And from those that are being smuggled, about 85% died on the road.
Cheetah is the fastest mammal in the world and can run at speeds of 29 meters per second. He moves slowly when hunting and can maintain a maximum speed for just a few hundred meters.
Truly magnificent animals, but unfortunately are running in the wrong direction.