Cheetahs are disappearing at an alarming rate [2017/02/08 11:36]

According to new research, just 7,100 cheetahs remain across the globe as the species continues to face a range of threats largely caused by humans.
Researchers behind the study from the Zoological Society of London, the Wildlife Conservation Society and Panthera called on scientists to classify the animal as endangered — a distinction that will promote additional funds for protecting the species.
The study, published in the journal PNAS, shows that cheetahs no longer live in 91% of their historic range as humans continue to encroach on the animals’ land and hunt the prey that the cats need to survive. Because cheetahs - the planet’s fastest land mammal - tend to roam large areas, much of the land where they reside remains unprotected.
Researchers say that a more comprehensive approach will be necessary to save the species. That includes engagement from local and national officials. “We’ve just hit the reset button in our understanding of how close cheetahs are to extinction,” says Kim Young-Overton, director of Panthera’s cheetah program, in a press release. “Securing protected areas alone is not enough. We must think bigger.”
The cheetah is just one of many large mammals found mostly in Africa that has teetered close to extinction in recent years.
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