International Cheetah Day

Today people worldwide are raising awareness about cheetah conservation.

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These large predators are facing extinction as a result of habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and illegal wildlife trade.
Cheetahs are extinct in more than 20 countries.

A statement released by the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) says Namibians in partnership with the CCF have developed integrated livestock and wildlife management programmes to promote the peaceful coexistence of farmers and cheetahs.

According to Cheetah Outreach, there are approximately 10 000 cheetahs left in Africa.

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South Africa has about 1 200 to 1 300 cheetahs: 412 in the Kruger National Park, 80 in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, 350 in small parks and reserves, and 400 to 500 free-roaming on farmland in the Limpopo and North West.

The largest wild population of about 2 000 is found in Namibia, with 95% living on farmland.