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Genetics, Health and Reproduction of Cheetah

A genetics lab located at an in situ conservation site

CCF’s ongoing research on the wild cheetah includes the genetics of the population, the incidence of disease, stress hormone levels, and the reproductive health of the population. Through weighing and measuring for morphometric studies, analysis of dental structure and reproductive fitness, CCF is learning more about the overall health of the world’s cheetah population.

The Genetics Lab at CCF conducts a non-invasive, genetic monitoring program to provide accurate population estimates of cheetahs in Namibia and other home-range countries, as well as researching issues of cheetah gene flow and geographical patterns of genetic variation and the cheetah’s behavioral ecology in specific habitats. The lab also plays a key role in training the next generation of wildlife geneticists.

Genetic Lab

Genetics Lab – Fabiano and Anne