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One of the most magnificent animal icons in the world is in greater danger of becoming extinct than anyone realized. The cheetah, known for its incredible agility and top speed of 75 mph, is now racing against the clock for its very survival. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global authority on threatened species, can help prevent this tragedy by upgrading cheetah status on their Red List to "endangered."

An important new study led by the Zoological Society of London, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Panthera has revealed that only 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild. The lead author, Dr. Sarah Durant, calls the study the most comprehensive analysis of cheetah status to date. She adds, "Our findings show that the large space requirements for cheetah, coupled with the complex range of threats faced by the species in the wild, mean that it is likely to be much more vulnerable to extinction than was previously thought."

Those threats are all caused by humans. Habitat fragmentation is the big one - a glaring 77% of cheetah habitat is unprotected today. Other major threats include conflict with livestock, deadly encounters with vehicles, and the deliberate theft of over a thousand cubs to be sold on the black market as high-status exotic pets. 85% of those cubs died after being stolen from their mothers.

The revised population total and the drastic decline of the cheetah population must not be ignored. The IUCN should recognize the gravity of the situation, and immediately raise the cheetah's conservation status from "vulnerable" to "endangered." The IUCN Red List is a vital tool that governments around the world use to allocate funding and resources to needed conservation efforts. This update will directly encourage the international community to strengthen protections for the cheetah, and could be the very key to their survival.

Nobody wants to see cheetahs disappear from the world forever. Tell the IUCN to act now.

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Dear Inger Andersen, IUCN Director General:

The recent in-depth study of the global cheetah population conducted by the Zoological Society of London, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Panthera has revealed that the species Acinonyx jubatus is in greater danger of extinction than any of us realized. The current status of "vulnerable" is based largely on approximations that assume that the total population is over 10,000 individuals. It also assumes a decline of 30% over the last 3 cheetah generations.

The new study clearly shows that the species' decline is actually much greater than expected. 77% of cheetah habitat is unprotected. This leaves the 7,100 remaining individuals severely vulnerable to habitat loss, conflict with livestock, hunting, deadly encounters with vehicles, and poaching of cubs to feed the black market's exotic pet trade. Zimbabwe's cheetah population is a telling example, plummeting from over a thousand animals to just 170 in 16 years. That's a staggering 85% population loss.

The current population reduction rate based on this study would appear to fit the criteria for an "endangered" status, and the extinction probability in the near future is also higher than previously assumed. Surely this qualifies the cheetah, an iconic species, for the protections afforded by an official IUCN status of "endangered." Such a designation would help the international community to strengthen protections for the species, which could be the key to their very survival.

Please reevaluate the cheetah's status for the Red List, and change it from "vulnerable" to "endangered." We all want to see this species survive for future generations.

Petition Signatures

Apr 27, 2017 Brayden Keys
Apr 27, 2017 diana bryant
Apr 26, 2017 Cyndi Brockett
Apr 26, 2017 valerie brown
Apr 26, 2017 Jennifer Hale
Apr 26, 2017 Brittany Bowman
Apr 26, 2017 Linda East
Apr 26, 2017 Madeline Reamy
Apr 25, 2017 Eduarda Santos
Apr 25, 2017 Sheryl Novacek
Apr 25, 2017 Thomas Ginnelly
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Apr 25, 2017 Gisela Sodorsky
Apr 25, 2017 Jennifer Day Please act now - save the cheetahs!
Apr 25, 2017 Barb Lauzon Protect them please
Apr 25, 2017 Leanne K Please save the cheetah!
Apr 25, 2017 Sibre Collard
Apr 25, 2017 Thomas Rule
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Apr 25, 2017 Alana Voeks It's despicable that the human race is killing off so many creatures on Earth. To have people be aware of what's going on, these guys need to be on the endangered list.
Apr 25, 2017 Roberto Penaherrera
Apr 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) We must save the cheetah.
Apr 25, 2017 Kathryn Williams Save the cheetahs
Apr 25, 2017 Bonita Davel Please declare cheetahs endangered before it's too late.
Apr 25, 2017 Laura Cox
Apr 25, 2017 Beth Maas Please don't let these beautiful animals disappear! We have lost so many animals already. Don't let it happen to the cheetahs!
Apr 25, 2017 Lesley Mattson We need to take some action now before ALL of our wild creatures are gone.
Apr 25, 2017 Jacqueline Rule
Apr 25, 2017 Monique Mahony The evidence is clear. Please label cheetahs as endangered, so they can get all the help they need to survive. Thank you.
Apr 25, 2017 cris maria
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Apr 25, 2017 Daianaira Blake
Apr 25, 2017 Leslie Taylor
Apr 25, 2017 Audrey Farrelly
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Apr 25, 2017 Derek Harms
Apr 25, 2017 Patti Sweetwood Wake up people!!
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Apr 24, 2017 Cinzia Amiconi
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