The Cheetah has join the dreaded UN’s endangered species list

December 8, 2008

Africa (ChattahBox) — The world’s fastest land mammal is losing the race for survival and is now on the endangered list. From a standing stop, the breathtaking cheetah can accelerate to 43 miles an hour in TWO SECONDS. In short bursts, cheetahs have been clocked at running 75 miles an hour! Their numbers have fallen 90 per cent in the past 100 years and things are getting worse. Cheetah cubs have a really high mortality rate — around 90 per cent.

One of the major reasons this beautiful spotted cat is struggling is because they are genetically inbred due to their limited gene pool. That makes them less adaptable and more vulnerable to ecological and environmental changes. They are also at greater susceptibility to disease.

Humans, are also to blame because we are competing with them for land and natural resources, gradually taking over their natural habitat. Cheetahs are seen as pests by many farmers because they are a threat to livestock.

But that is only because their home has gone and they have nowhere to roam but on farmland. Yet there is some hope. Conservation projects are teaching farmers how to protect their land without using bullets. We have to find compromises like this and change our ways or risk losing this amazing animal forever.


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