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MessageSujet: cheetaHs   Sam 27 Avr - 14:55

april 27 2013

Why are cheetahs in danger of extinction?
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Genetics is the prime reason why cheetahs are going extinct. It is thought that from 10-12,000 years ago due to a catastrophic event, the population was reduced to less than 7 animals. These animals then inbred with their brothers and sisters to produce a genetic line that is 97% identical. Humans are approximately 70% identical, and lab rats are 97% identical due to inbreeding. Because there is not very much diversity in the genetics of the animals, it leads to the same problems that we as humans have when we inbreed. Detrimental genes are expressed homozygously which means that fewer offspring are viable. Even when imported from different parts of the country, scientists still find it difficult for cheetashs to achieve live births.

A second, less reason is Habitat loss.

Cheetahs are forced into ever smaller areas where they have to compete with other predators like lions, leopard and hyena. Cheetahs like the other predators mentioned are territorial and when their territory overlaps that of say a lion, the lions would kill the cheetahs as to eliminate competition for food.

Also farmers see them as pests and would trap, shoot or poison them. The reason for this is livestock loss. A goat or sheep is a much easier meal than an impala.

Cheetahs are endangered because the genetic pool is so small. Also because of competition with other larger predetors, habitat loss and poaching

Also, most cheetahs are from the same family some how. If they breed, their is an increased chance of birth difections. Eventually, cheetahs will die out. We have oursellves to blame. ,
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MessageSujet: Re: cheetaHs   Sam 27 Avr - 14:56

Cheetah becomes latest animal species at risk of extinction, UN reveals
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
UPDATED: 13:30 GMT, 8 December 2008
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The world’s fastest animal, the cheetah, was added to the list of those in danger of extinction, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said.
Along with the cheetah, 21 animal species were named in a UN Wildlife Treaty, including three dolphin families, six birds species and African wild dogs.
The endangered list, called List 1, calls for increased protection. UNEP said the cheetah is extinct in 18 countries due to habitat loss, over-hunting and the lack of an effective captive breeding programme.

The cheetah is among 21 animals added to the UN list of endangered species
The animal, which can reach speeds of up to 120 km per hour, has suffered a dramatic 90 per cent decline over the past century.
'Fewer than 10,000 adult cheetahs now live in Africa, and a meagre 50 in Asia, mainly around Iran's Kavir desert,' the organisation said.

Habitat loss and over-hunting were blamed for the animal's population decline
100 governments and 70 non-governmental organisations met in Rome last week for the ninth Conference of the Parties to the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory
Species of Wild Animals to discuss improved conservation for species.
Several resolutions were adopted including one to reduce noise pollution from vessels and other sources, especially in habitat sensitive for whales, dolphins and other marine species.
Climate change will also receive increased attention over the next years.
Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of UNEP said: 'Species that migrate across countries and continents are facing ever greater hurdles from loss of habitat and feeding grounds to unsustainable use and the unfolding and often complex threats emerging from climate change.'
'Indeed the world is currently facing a sixth wave of extinctions mainly as a result of human impacts.
'Urgent and accelerated action is needed to ensure that a healthy, productive and functioning planet is handed on to the next generation,' he added.
The protection of African dogs was also discussed.'There are also fewer than 8,000 African wild dogs, a fall caused by conflict with humans and disease,' the organisation said.
'The species has been eradicated from western and most of central Africa.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1092855/Cheetah-latest-animal-species-risk-extinction-UN-reveals.html#ixzz2RhQbggJJ
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MessageSujet: Re: cheetaHs   Sam 27 Avr - 14:57

http://www.cheetah.org/

http://www.savethecheetahs.com/


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MessageSujet: Re: cheetaHs   Sam 27 Avr - 14:58

APRIL 14 2013

Save the Cheetah
By Mickey Z., Planet Green

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Like most big cats, cheetahs are in big trouble. A 2008 United Nations report blamed habitat loss and degradation, urban development, and hunting for the sad reality that current cheetah population levels stand at 10% of their historic highs. At the beginning of the 20th century, perhaps as many as hundreds of thousands of cheetahs lived throughout most of Africa, western Asia, and India. As HowStuffWorks.com explains, this is no longer the case: "The cheetah disappeared from India in the 1940's, and by the 1970's, fewer than 200 survived in Iran, probably the cat's last Asian stronghold ... Estimates of the current African cheetah population range from a low of 5,000 to highs of 15,000 to 25,000. Another 1,000 cheetahs live in captivity around the world, some 300 of them in North America."

Besides the insidious threat of habitat loss, cheetahs are often directly killed by humans - either for their fur or to protect livestock. Much as American ranchers perceive wolves and mountain lions as pests, African farmers routinely shoot cheetahs perceived to threaten the animal they are fattening for the kill. So, yet again, an excellent first step to addressing an important issue problem is to start with what we eat, e.g. making a shift from a meat-based diet.

Beyond that simple, crucial step, activists are also urged to get involved with existing efforts to save the cheetah or perhaps, partake in some more direct action.

I don't want to live on a planet without cheetahs. Do you?
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