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The fastest land mammal on the planet. Facts about it and its endangerment

Zach Judge

on 9 December 2013

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Transcript of Cheetah

The Cheetah
The Endangered
What is the Cheetah?
The Cheetah is a large feline that lives in most of Africa and parts of the Middle East. The cheetah can run faster than any other land animal— as fast as 112 to 120 km/h (70 to 75 mph) in short bursts covering distances up to 500 m, and can to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in three seconds. This cat is also notable for modifications in the species' paws. It is one of the few felids with semi-retractable claws.
Acinonyx jubatus
Acinonyx is a genus of mammals from the family Felidae. It is currently in Africa and Asia, but at one time was also present in Europe. The cheetah is the only living species in the genus.
There are several geographically isolated populations of cheetah, all of which are found in Africa or southwestern Asia.

The cheetah thrives in areas with vast expanses of land where prey is abundant. The cheetah likes to live in an open biotope, such as semidesert, prairie, and thick brush, though it can be found in a variety of habitats. In Namibia, for example, it lives in grasslands, savannahs, areas of dense vegetation, and mountainous terrain.

Although once widespread in Asia and Africa, cheetah populations are now isolated to the savannahs and grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa

Although many sources list six or more subspecies of cheetah, the taxonomic status of most of these subspecies is unresolved. Acinonyx rex—the king cheetah—was abandoned as a subspecies after it was discovered that the variation was caused by a single recessive gene. The subspecies Acinonyx jubatus guttatus, the woolly cheetah, may also have been a variation due to a recessive gene. Some of the most commonly recognized subspecies include:
• Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus)which is extinct in some Asian countries.
• Northwest African cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki)
• Acinonyx jubatus raineyii
• Acinonyx jubatus jubatus
• Acinonyx jubatus soemmeringii
• Acinonyx jubatus velox
Prey includes:

Thomson’s gazelle
Grant’s Gazelle
Kirks Dik Dik
Young deer

The Cheetah eats a range of animals from small ones like Hares to medium-sized ones like Gazzels.
Cheetahs in the Middle east
A small population (estimated at about fifty) survive in the Khorasan Province of Iran, where conservationists are taking steps to protect them.
It is possible, though doubtful, that some cheetahs remain in India. There have also been several unconfirmed reports of Asiatic Cheetahs in the Balochistan province of Pakistan, with at least one dead animal being discovered recently.
In much of its former range, the cheetah was tamed by aristocrats and used to hunt antelopes in much the same way as is still done with members of the greyhound group of dogs.
Most of the cheetahs prey is not endangered, so the cheetah is not threatened by losing food.
Kirks Dik Dik
The cheetah is a spry feline that, due to a combination of speed and strong, sinewy muscles, is quite a skilful and sneaky predator. Because cheetahs are standard carnivores, they go after a large array of different prey animals. Plant matter just isn't part of their diet.
Cheetah poaching and hunting
Cheetahs are hunted for their amazing pelts and certain parts of their anatomy.
Evidence is mounting that Al-Shabab, an al-Queda affiliate, and the Lord’s Resistance Army are using illegal animal products (including cheetah by-products) to fund their brutal campaigns of violence.
Cheetah Hunting Package

Cheetah Hunting Package Includes
- Ground transportation to and from Windhoek airport
- 12 full 1×1 hunting (13 nights in camp)
- Cheetah trophy fee ($4,000 will be credited/refunded if Cheetah is not taken)
- Services of Professional Hunter, tracker, driver, skinner
- Four wheel drive hunting vehicle
- Hunting license
- Hunting permit
- Wingshooting including all birds shot
- Field preparation of trophies (skinning, salting, drying and tagging)
- Transport of trophies to local taxidermist in Namibia Reiser Taxidermy
- Luxurious accommodations
- Daily services of chef, butler/bartender, maid and laundry
- All meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Activities at Ozondjahe Safaris
The cheetah is the fastest land animal in the entire world. It has a spotted coat, small head and ears and distinctive "tear drops" from the corner of the eyes down the sides of the nose which makes the cheetah very recognizable to the larger animals.
The cheetah is smaller than other big cats, measuring 44 to 53 inches long with a tail length of 26 to 33 inches.
An estimated 9,000 to 12,000 cheetahs remain in the wild.
Cheetahs live an estimated life of 10 to 12 years.
The Cheetah conservation fund
The cheetah conservation fund
CCF works to:
• create and manage long-term conservation strategies for the cheetah throughout their range
• develop and implement better livestock management practices, eliminating the need for ranchers to kill so many cheetah
• conduct conservation education programs for local villagers, ranchers and school children
• continue intensive scientific research in cheetah genetics, biology and species survival
Cheetahs aren't always the predators - sometimes they're the prey, too. The youngsters are especially susceptible to the dangers of predation. The species' various predators include human beings, leopards, eagles, spotted hyenas and lions.
Cheetah trafficking
In June 2011 three live cheetahs were 'discovered' in a local garden in Arusha, Tanzania, in a cramped cage, after a tip off from local Tanzanian neighbours.
Animal names are common with aircraft builders, so of course the Cheetah has a plane named after it.
The Atlas Cheetah
The future of the cheetah is doubtful because of increasing loss of habitat, declines in prey, high cub mortality rates and conflict with ranchers.
The cheetah is very territorial so if another cheetah comes into the territory then it could get pretty ugly.
The cheetah is endangered in many ways. First of all, the cheetah's habitat is being destroyed by humans. Then, there's always poaching. The cheetahs beautiful coat is worth a lot of money.
Cheetah food web
Zach Judge

James Derham
IAPF Drone Program
UAS,UAV,RPA; these terms are all used to describe the technology most of us know as “drones”. The word itself has unfortunately come to be associated with images of Predator sized aircraft launching weapons, or sinister surveillance practices carried out by governments. The technology these vehicles represent is stereotypically military, but that does not mean it cannot be harnessed for good and peaceful purposes which can save the lives of animals and people alike. The IAPF now intends to use military-derived drone technology to support those rangers in their work.

The International Anti-Poaching Foundation- IPAF
The illegal trafficking of wildlife now ranks as one of the largest criminal industry in the world. IAPF rangers effectively fight poaching and safeguard hight target species such as elephants, rhinos and other endangered wildlife.
The IAPF is dedicated to maintaining balanced ecosystems for the preservation of the planet and all its inhabitants.
Who helps it?
Cheetah Hunting Package costs
US $11,775
Despite the Cheetah being a very fast and stealthy hunter, it is only successful 1 out of 10 times when on the hunt.
But it must eat quickly before the Lions, Vultures, hyenas etc. find it.
Hear me roar?
The stereotypical noise for a big cat is a roar or a growl.
But what about a chirp?
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