This cheetah is still bleary eyed. Really looks like you could just go and cuddle her. Probably not wise. After a stretch she went back to sleep.
Thankyou to BigCatPhotos for telling me that this was most definitely a cheetah… the clue being, and I QUOTE: the black “tear drops” trail coming from its eyes all the way to its mouth.
Anyway, now that the identity part is done, on to the endangered species information, which I was unable to do before.
This is copied from this website
Cheetahs are endangered because of decline in prey, loss of habitat, poaching, and being shot as a livestock predator.
The future for Africa’s high-speed cat depends largely on people’s attitudes. Already extinct in most of Asia and 16 African countries where it once lived, the cheetah is often disliked because of its predatory lifestyle. Cheetahs hunt other animals for food, but they are just “doing their job”.
Cheetahs need a lot of land to survive: they live alone on large territories; their antelope prey need vast areas of land to support their large herds. Like many other endangered species, habitat destruction, poaching, and conflict with people threaten the cheetah’s existence. The good news is, the main threats to cheetah survival will vanish when people change their attitudes toward predators and their actions that effect them.
Singapore Zoo, Singapore. November 2009.
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