Endangered Species: Cheetahs Victoria Baldoni & Isabella Perugini
What would Earth dowithout its fastest land mammal???
Fun Facts About Cheetahs!• A cheetah can accelerate from 0 mph to ~64 mph in a matter of 3 seconds. • Cheetahs are the only big cat that cannot roar… they can purr however. • Cheetahs can spot prey from 5 km away • The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is the only member of its genus, as all of the other members have become extinct)
Reasons why the cheetah is endangered• In the past century, 90% of the Cheetah population has disappeared • There is currently only 12,400 cheetahs left in the world. • Cheetahs used to dominate many large parts of Asia, but today, cheetahs are nearly extinct in Asia.
Reasons why the cheetah is endangered • Many cheetah cubs have not been reaching adult age because they have been preyed on by other carnivores. (i.e.: lions and hyenas) • Farmers kill them for attacking their livestock. • Cheetahs are main target or poaching (illegal hunting)• Their fur is used in coats and such, and can be very valuable.
Reasons why the cheetah is endangered• Habitat of the cheetah (open lands), is being taken away by humans • There is only one type of cheetah left. Originally there were 5 types, but four out of these five are now extinct. • Humans have killed off the small antelope that the cheetah usually hunts for food.
What is being done about the endangerment of cheetahs? • There are special breeding programs to help to keep the cheetahs continue to repopulate • There are wildlife reserves where cheetahs roam• Livestock farmers are being educated about how to prevent cheetahs from preying on their livestock
What is being done about the endangerment of cheetahs?• There are anti-poaching laws in many countries across the world where cheetah population is normally high. • News and media share numbers and information regarding the cheetah population to keep the world up to date on their condition.
What is being done about the endangerment of cheetahs?• Certain lands are preserved for cheetahs so that humans cannot take them over.
What can an individual do to help prevent the extinction of cheetahs? • Donate to non-profit organizations for cheetahs• Donate to charities that help endangered animals• Work at a zoo, where cheetahs may live and help them to begin to re-populate
What can an individual do to help prevent the extinction of cheetahs? • Kids learn about endangered animals in school • Some kids do projects and presentations on endangered animals and cheetah for school.• Watch the new and learn about the progress of the efforts • Volunteer at reservations that hold cheetahs and other endangered animals