WILD & FREE
Duma – the Swahili name for cheetah, can weigh between 110 to 140 pounds and have a lifespan of between 10 to 20 years.
(Masai Mara – Kenya)
Listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in 2008
The known cheetah population is approximately 7,500 adult animals. Additional areas where cheetah status is poorly known are unlikely to raise the total to over 10,000. Given Myers (1975) estimate of 15,000 cheetahs in Africa in the 1970s, a decline of at least 30% is suspected over the past 18 years (3 generations). The decline is primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation, as well as killing and capture of cheetahs as livestock depredators, primarily, as well as for trade (IUCN Cats Red List Workshop 2007). (www.iucnredlist.org/details/219)