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.