A MARVEL OF EVOLUTION. CHEETAH’S ARE THE FASTEST LAND ANIMAL WITH ACCELERATIONS OF 70MPH THAT LEAVE AUTOMOBILES IN THE DUST.
As a popular wildlife keystone predator, the cheetah is incredibly important to its habitat and savanna ecosystem. Grazers such as zebras and wildebeest will become overpopulated which leads to overgrazing of the grasslands. Overgrazing can lead to erosion that can allow shrub growth to take over once lush grasslands. Without grass cover, other important species of the savanna ecosystem can become threatened or extinct.
Cheetah’s are prized for their pelts and claws.
Illegal cheetah trade for luxury pets is pushing the species to extinction. The fetching price for a cheetah trophy kill is $5,000.
THE EXTINCTION OF THE CHEETAH
WHY ARE THEY KILLED?
Cheetah’s are hunted and poached for the fur and claws. Cheetahs have been hunted as products to be used in making fur coats. Some animals, even those that existed in tremendous numbers, have been threatened with extinction as a result of the fur trade.
HOW ARE THEY ENDANGERED?
In the 60’s, cheetah pelts were imported into the U.S. and considered fashionable and a sign of wealth. The rising trade in cheetahs for luxury pets in the Middle East is helping to drive critical populations of the wild cats to extinction.
LEADING IMPORTER OF PELTS
Illegal Wildlife Trade, Trophy Hunting, Human-Cheetah Conflict, Habitat Loss