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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.

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Jul 25, 2017 Staci Sherwood
Jul 25, 2017 cathy conner
Jul 25, 2017 Marina Batchaeva Marina Batchaeva
Jul 25, 2017 Michèle Keigler
Jul 25, 2017 Lynn Stary
Jul 25, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 24, 2017 Yola Stavridou
Jul 24, 2017 Rosa Rodriguez
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby
Jul 23, 2017 Jeanette Crain
Jul 23, 2017 Joline Barth
Jul 23, 2017 Jay Stearns
Jul 23, 2017 Theresa Beard
Jul 23, 2017 David Sennett Save the cheetah from extinction they are such amazing animals.
Jul 23, 2017 P Garbett
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Jul 22, 2017 Ashley Rozanski
Jul 22, 2017 George😤 Lewis
Jul 22, 2017 Laura Altman
Jul 22, 2017 Leigha Henson
Jul 22, 2017 Sara Willis
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 alice hecht-soliman These great cats are endanger of extinction The pet trade must be stopped. the animals were not put on the earth for this nefarious purpose. Please reinstate cheetahs on endangered list.
Jul 22, 2017 James Brown
Jul 21, 2017 Marci Turner
Jul 21, 2017 Joan Christensen Please save the Cheetahs.
Jul 21, 2017 Cindy Mekka
Jul 21, 2017 Hanna Kemink
Jul 20, 2017 Winifred Boyd
Jul 20, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 Charles Calhoun
Jul 20, 2017 Susan Bain
Jul 20, 2017 Sharon Gillespie
Jul 20, 2017 Deanna Davidson Help prevent the extinction of this beautiful animal. Don't let it become a memory only.
Jul 20, 2017 Debbie Meadows
Jul 20, 2017 Sameria Christy
Jul 20, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 20, 2017 Louise ffoulkes There are too few of these creatures remaining for them not to be placed on the Red List. Please do this or they will face extinction.
Jul 19, 2017 Aurelia Gergely
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Jul 19, 2017 Esmè Evans
Jul 19, 2017 Martha Kubik
Jul 19, 2017 Karen Shadbar
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Jul 19, 2017 Lee Barrilleaux
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