Conservation Status

Cheetahs are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (UICN) Red List of Threatened Species ( due to their dwindling numbers. The known cheetah population in the wild is approximately 7,500 adult animals. The decline is primarily due to:

  • Loss of habitat, due to human encroachment
  • Loss of prey, directly linked to loss of habitat
  • Hunting, there are still people who wish to hunt these beautiful animals
  • Livestock protection, many farmers believe that cheetahs are preying on their livestock, and therefore shoot, trap or poison cheetahs on their land.
  • Limited genetic diversity, cheetahs are very inbred as a species, resulting in low sperm counts in males.