The cheetah is the fastest land mammal and today
is found primarily in the grasslands, savannah and
moderate woodlands of Africa. There is a reported
almost 50% reduction in cheetah populations over
the last 20 years. The causes of this decline
include over-hunting of its main food
source, the gazelle, poaching, and habitat
destruction. These factors as well as a high cub
mortality rate lead to this species endangerment.
To compound the issue, cheetahs are very similar
genetically which makes captive breeding of
cheetahs in zoos extremely difficult as ideal
mating conditions are hard to achieve.
Cheetah photos courtesy and
copyright Darren New. Used with permission.
Cheetah photo courtesy and
copyright Art Slack. Used with permission.
Cheetah Conservation Fund -
established to support wild cheetah conservation
research and education.
Cheetah Conservation Station
Cheetahs of the Serengeti -
information on their biology, lifestyle, and
De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre -
South Africa's first successful cheetah research
and breeding centre.
and entertaining website about cheetahs. It contains interesting cheetah facts,
including that for centuries they were know as "hunting leopards." In addition,
the site also has pictures which can be used as desktop wallpaper
Cheetah Posters Online