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we have all heard about cheetahs and their amazing speed but these animals may soon be gone If we dont stop taking over their habitat Cheetahs are among the oldest of the big cats They have short fur with black spots and black stripes from their broad eyes to their mouths Cheetahs are muscular and lean with broad chest and tiny waist They can stand as tall as four feet and can weigh up to 140 pounds A cheetahs natural diet includes gazelles impalas hares and wilderbeest calves They hunt only day from around 30 feet away depending a lot on their sight Cheetahs have binocular vision The actual chase lasts only seconds and they catch their prey about half the time They live in the savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa along with a few hundred in Iran The is endangered primarily because of loss of habitat to humans and cattle ranching Cheetahs have also been killed because they hunt cattle for meat Cheetahs fur is another reason for poachers to kill cheetahs In the 1980s an outbreak of feline infectious peritonitis FIP occurred in the cheetah community Cheetahs are difficult to breed and they are at risk of getting many diseases Studies show that even wild cheetahs have very little genetic diversity They went through a genetic bottleneck in the last 1000 years meaning that there are very little if any diversity now and there was a lot more before Cheetahs are protected in national parks and reserves but overcrowding the Cheetahs to lose their kill to other predators and forces them to leave the safety of the reserve The Cheetah conservation fund has developed numerous programs in Cambia to ensure the Cheetahs long-term survival In February 1996 a population habitat viability analysis was held in Cambia and brought together all the stakeholders to address Cheetah conservation issues This workshop assessed the threats to the Cheetah There are currently 300cheetahs in the SSP
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