recorded history a cheetah pelt was a badge of wealth for its human owner.
The animal was killed for its skin by some and captured for its hunting
skills by others. But most recently, human excess is probably the major
factor dramatically pushing the cheetah toward extinction. As human populations
increase other species are "squeezed out" - their living space
becomes more limited as does their food supply. Many animals feel the pinch
and are at great risk of disappearing forever. In 1900 there were
only about 100,000 cheetah worldwide - present estimates place their
number at 10 to 15 thousand with about 1/10 of those living in captivity.
Namibia has the largest population of wild cheetah - about 2500. Smaller
populations exist in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania
while 19 other countries have even fewer.
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