The majestic cheetah is known for being the world's fastest land animal, with speeds up to 75 mph. They hunt by knocking their prey to the ground, using their tails to help them steer as they run.
Now they have the additional title of being Africa's most endangered cat, as only about 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild. While cheetahs once ranged across almost the entire African continent and into Asia, today they are found in only 9% of their historic range. The decline in cheetah numbers are largely due to habitat loss, as the vast majority of cheetah habitat is unprotected today; human conflict; and the illegal wildlife trade, where cheetah cubs are stolen from their mothers and sold as exotic pets.
Cheetah Conservation Fund:
Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving the wild cheetah. Founded by Dr. Laurie Marker in 1990, CCF addresses the principle threats to the cheetah with a holistic approach encompassing education, outreach, livelihood development and habitat restoration programs based on its own research.
Action for Cheetahs in Kenya:
The Action for Cheetahs in Kenya (ACK) mission is to promote the conservation of cheetahs through research, awareness and community participation in Kenya. ACK works closely with local wildlife authorities and land holders to develop policies and programs which support wildlife conservation and human livelihoods for the long-term development of sustainable human and wildlife zones. The project focuses on two high priority regions in Kenya: Salama and Samburu.
Serengeti Cheetah Project:
Serengeti National Park in Tanzania has special significance for cheetah conservation, as it harbours part of the second largest population of cheetah remaining in the world. The Serengeti Cheetah Project, initiated in 1974, documents the individual lives of generation after generation of cheetah. This study has told us much of what we know today about the ecology and behaviour of wild cheetah; information that continues to be critical for their conservation.