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Destroying an Apex Predator Can Kill an Ecosystem

The Grey Wolf in North America and Lessons for Cheetah Survival by Jameson Bowman, guest writer When Dr. Laurie Marker first arrived in Namibia (then South West Africa) in the late 1970’s she discovered that cheetahs were viewed as vermin and hundreds were being killed every year by farmers and ranchers. Between 1980 and 1991 there

Why Save the Cheetah?

Why is the existence of the cheetah so important to us? Cheetahs play a vital role in preserving the health of the ecosystem. As apex predators, the cheetah’s presence and ability to hunt its natural prey has very important effects on the population of those prey species, as well as on the health and productivity

The Value of Predators for Healthy Ecosystems

Picture this in Northern Canada…     A pack of wolves cautiously approaches an unsuspecting deer with their heads low and eyes focused on the target.  All the muscles are tense and adrenalin begins to pump. The deer continues to graze until the sound of a broken twig alerts her to possible danger. Her head snaps