The cheetah population almost halved since 1975 with only an estimated 7,100 left in the wild today.
Captivity isn't kind to cheetahs where most develop diseases that are unusual in big cats. It's never been clear why this is the case, but understanding their metabolism might provide the answer.
Land reform is thought to have caused the cheetah numbers to fall by 85% in Zimbabwe.
The land reform programme in Zimbabwe has come at the cost of wildlife and opens up the debate on people versus nature. But there is a way forward.
Detection dog Pepin, with his trainer, Megan Parker, on the search for scat © Sarah Durant.
Cheetah’s rarity and elusiveness poses a problem for conservationists who need to know where they still persist, and whether their numbers are increasing or decreasing.
Cheetah are now restricted to less than 10% of its historical distribution, and survive in just 33 populations.
A new study reveals that just 7,100 cheetahs remain globally, representing the best available estimate for the species to date.
Citizen scientists have a great deal to contribute.
Mount Rainier National Park/Flickr
More and more Africans are becoming citizen scientists – and the benefits are huge both for them as individuals and for science on the continent.
A new method of counting cheetahs has helped researchers to get a better idea of their numbers.
Mara Cheetah Project, Femke Broekhuis
Accurately counting cheetah numbers is crucial to ensuring the survival of the species.
Black rhino cow and calf, southern Africa.
Next time you plan a holiday you can rest assured that wildlife sightseeing can help some threatened species.
Human and wildlife conflict threatens to become a problem in the Maasai Mara landscape.
Cheetahs face a number of threats in the Maasai Mara landscape but there are efforts underway to help them overcome these.
The debate on whether animals should be kept in captivity or not continues to rage on.
Some say that keeping wild animals in captivity is cruel. Others believe they promote conservation and give people a link to nature.
Cheetahs have to eat somehow.
Southern Africa’s game farms are private reserves that house wildlife such as giraffes, zebras and antelope to be used for restocking national parks, meat production or trophy hunting. But these farms…
Born free? Not yet.
It may be the fastest animal on earth, but the cheetah is struggling to outrun the threats to its extinction. With only 50 to 70 animals estimated to remain in Iran, the Asiatic cheetah is on the verge…
Glimpsed in the wild, camera traps capture the last remaining Asiatic cheetahs.
The last few surviving Asiatic cheetahs live in Iran, where they stalk the hyper-arid landscape, where temperatures swing from -30°C to 50°C. This is the only place in the world a cheetah, most of which…
Got one from the pack. Now, let’s cut things short.
Researchers have used gadget-laden collars to record cheetahs’ movements in the wild. They found that cheetahs succeed not…