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Young Cheetah Cub by Debbie Schiff

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Photo taken In the Cradle of Mankind with Canon 300D.

The fastest land animal in the world is losing its most important race: the race for survival. At the turn of the century an estimated 100,000 cheetah lived in 44 countries throughout Africa and Asia.

Today, there are just 7,500 cheetahs left. South Africa is home to fewer than 1,000 of these majestic cats.

The primary reason for the cheetah’s decline is shrinking range due to habitat loss throughout Africa. Drastic increases in human population and proliferation of domestic animals has led to loss of habitat and prey, and increasing conflict with man.

Because it is low in the predator hierarchy, the cheetah faces competition from other predators and does not do well in parks and reserves with large lion and hyena populations. Competition with other large predators takes the form of direct predation on cubs, occasional killing of adults, and loss of kills. As a result, more cheetahs live outside protected areas where they come into conflict with farmers.

Being a daytime hunter, the cheetah is an easier target than other predators for harassment by tourists. In many parks and reserves, tourist vehicles routinely disrupt cheetah hunts.

Past capture of wild cheetah for private use has led to the near extinction of the Asian population. Cheetahs don’t breed well in captivity and removal of individuals reduces genetic diversity in the wild.

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  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterabout 5 years ago

    Gorgeous image :)

  • Glad you like!!!!! These are very special animals!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Lance Leopold
    Lance Leopoldabout 5 years ago

    Lovely,well taken!!

  • Thank you kindly Lance! Your work is so impressive.

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful cat!

  • They are the gentlest looking cats Marsha… I love them!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Well, Thank you Steve! I’m honoured!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Lynda Harris
    Lynda Harrisabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot Debbie! Well done!

  • Your comments are always well received Lynda…Thank you!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Heps
    Hepsalmost 5 years ago

  • This is great news Taschja! I’m honoured!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • laureenr
    laureenralmost 5 years ago

    Great capture Debbie. Congrats on your feature.

  • Hi Lauren… thank you so much!!!!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockalmost 5 years ago

  • Wow, Thanks Steve….. Sorry for the late gratitude!!! What an honour!

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 4 years ago

    such gorgeous animals, thanks for sharing there amazing info, well captured :)) k

  • Bless you Kristina….. I love these cats and have so much respect for them.

    – Debbie Schiff

  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonover 4 years ago

    Lovely image and congrats on the features!

  • Thanks so much Maree….

    – Debbie Schiff

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