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Why Save the Cheetah?

Apex predators balance the ecosystem

Cheetahs live primarily in grasslands and benefit the ecosystem by keeping the animals it hunts at healthy populations. Cheetahs, when possible, hunt the weak and slowest of several species of animals.

If cheetahs no longer existed, there would be a domino effect – referred to as a trophic cascade.  There would be too many herbivores … a resulting loss of vegetation … more soil erosion … less water in the fields … and a negative impact on the health of the ecosystem.

In Africa, 76% of cheetahs live outside protected areas

 

This is because protected areas contain other larger predators, all of which compete with cheetahs for prey and will prey on cheetah cubs.  Most cheetahs live in open areas and private farms, making them vulnerable to conflict with humans.

Cheetahs have a narrow gene pool

 

One disease can wipe out a whole population.  There are 31 remaining populations, of which 20 populations have fewer than 100 cheetah.  This fragmentation and isolation makes cheetahs genetically vulnerable.

Re-wilding a cheetah takes time

 

From assessing their readiness, to a soft-release, to full release, to ongoing monitoring.

You maybe interested in reading these short articles :  The value of predators for healthy ecosystems and 4 Ways Saving Cheetahs Positively Impacts Ecosystems.