Threats to Cheetahs
What is Happening to Cheetahs?
Cheetahs are born with genetic issues.
Because of this the cheetahs today have very similar genetic make-ups. This causes many genetic issues for cheetah populations. Cheetahs are more likely to get diseases, have trouble having cubs and less likely to adapt to their environments. Genetic diversity takes hundreds of years to develop and increasing cheetah populations helps with this issue.
Cheetahs have conflicts with humans.
When livestock is attacked and an animal is killed by a predator, cheetahs are blamed many of the times. Cheetahs have been killed and trapped by farmers for lots and lots of years.
Cheetahs are losing habitat.
The land cheetahs share with farmers has become more and more fenced and fragmented. This will increase as the human population grows and without large areas of land cheetahs will continue to struggle.
Cheetahs have less food to eat.
Thomson's gazelle, the cheetah's favorite food, are declining in population numbers and are considered a near-threatened species in the world (ICUN Red List Status, 2020).
Poaching, illegal wildlife & pet trade are affecting cheetah populations.
In other parts of the world, cheetahs are wanted as pets. Illegal wildlife trade is creating devastating effects to the cheetah population as young cubs are taken straight out of their mother's nest to be sold as pets. These poached cubs are often smuggled to far away places and bought as pets and seen as symbols of wealth in some cultures.
The cubs are transported in small boxes, bins or containers and often do not survive the journey. If the cheetahs do survive the journey their life in captivity is very short. Cheetahs do NOT survive well in houses where they eat the wrong diets, live in small cages and have no place to run and roam. Cheetahs are NOT pets.
Illegal Wildlife & Pet Trade
Cheetah Conservation Fund: Somaliland
CNN Reports on Illegal Pet Trade: Cheetahs
CNN reported on this issue August, 2019. It's a tough topic to hear about and watch so kids ask your parents to join you and check out the news story together. Link below for video on the current illegal pet trade issue.
CNN Replay S12:E226 - The ultra-rich are illegally buying cheetahs as pets and it's leading to their extinction.
Very hard to watch but it's real and it's taking many of our world's young cheetahs out of the wild and into a captive and short-lived life.
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