The world’s fastest land animal the Cheetah can reach speeds of over 70 mph is losing its race for survival.
Once a common animal found on five continents, the Cheetah is now an Endangered Species.
The Cheetah needs large expanses of land to survive but with the loss of habitat, conflict with humans, as well as its own loss of genetic variation, are the threats facing the cheetah today.
Although the cheetahs are the best hunters in Africa they are extremely clumsy fighters. The result is that they lose much of their prey to the more aggressive predators, such as lions and hyenas, who chase them away and steal their food.
About 10,000-12,500 cheetahs are estimated to remain in 24 to 26 African countries and less than 100 animals in Iran. Namibia has the world’s largest number of free-ranging cheetahs with about 3,000 animals.