Thursday, 19 September 2013

New survey shows Iranian cheetahs edging towards extinction

Just 40 to 70 Asiatic Cheetahs Left in Iran
September 2013. Iran is home to the last known population of Asiatic cheetah which once roamed across vast ranges of west and south Asian countries. However, despite enforced protection efforts in recent years, no reliable information was available about the cheetah population in the country which made assessment of conservation measures impossible.

Comprehensive monitoring
To rectify this a comprehensive monitoring program was initiated by the Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) in partnership with Iran's Department of Environment, the Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project and Panthera to understand demographic characteristics of the cheetahs in Iran between 2011 and 2013. As a result of extensive research & camera trapping, a population of just 40 to 70 individuals is now accepted for the entire country, significantly fewer than the previous estimate of 70 to 100.

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