“Angolan cheetahs rise again”

From the ashes of a 30-Year Civil War,

Cheetahs rise again

Animals are truly resiliant as Dr. Laurie Marker, Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, found three-day survey conducted in Iona National Park in the Namibe province, Africa. The 1.6 million hectare national park is ideal cheetah habitat  It is arid desertland in the southwest corner of the country was one of the former ranges of the cheetah. Iona is populated with thousands of hectares of open savannah and a growing prey base of springbok and oryx, the cheetah’s primary prey.

The rapid ecological survey, designed to assess the habitat and prey in the area as potential cheetah habitat, was carried out at the urging of Alvaro Baptista, owner of the Omauaha Lodge near Iona National Park in Namibe, informed Marker of cheetah sightings in the area and encouraged the undertaking of an extensive survey to confirm their presence and to help develop a conservation plan for their long-term protection and survival.

Marker’s visit to Angola was endorsed by the Kissama Foundation (http://www.kissama.org), which has the mandate to support the development of the National Parks of Angola since peace came to the country in 2002. As a result of meetings in Angola’s capital, Luanda, Marker hopes to develop collaborations with Kissama, as well as universities and relevant government officials. The goal is to develop a program using CCF’s proven methods for censusing cheetah populations and assisting with community, government and non-government organizations in education awareness of cheetahs and bio-diversity to show the benefits of a predator’s role in a healthy ecosystem and ecotourism.

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“Rewilding can it save the cheetahs?”

Cheetahs seem to have originated in the United States in the  Texas, Nevada, and Wyoming area. They spread through Europe, Asia and Africa, were nearly wiped out with the last Ice Age, approximately 10,000 years ago. It is thought that only 500 might have survive. From the those few cheetahs, the current stock of cheetah.

cheetahs hunting

The present world population of cheetahs are derived from inbreeding by those very few surviving populations and closely related animals. This has created the weak genetic traits in the living cheetah population today. Cheetahs no matter which of the four subspecies are more closely related than identical twins. Studies have shown that there is less than one percent difference in DNA between the subspecies. Human genetic diversity is about thirty-seven percent diversity.

The smallest of the large cats, and one of the most endangered. Without a doubt, the imminent threat of extinction is due to man’s direct interference. People hunt cheetahs as pests,  for house pets, trophies and its fur. People have decimate this beautiful animals food supply to support livestock, and convert their habitat to farmland. People are the reason that cheetah numbers are falling today.
Cheetahs are in need of a booster shot  from several areasIf there were a magic wand:

  • the genes  pool of the cheetahs needs increasing through crosses with genes from ancient relatives.
  • Cheetah mothers in the wild by nature are solitary so the cubs are vulnerable when mom goes hunting. Maybe closer monitoring can help save them.
  • Cheetahs have great speed, but do not have the strength of other big cats in their jaws, so they cannot compete with the lions for territory or food. Protected areas maybe the only answer for this weakened species. Not economically practical though.

As long as the adults stay in the wild, they seem to stay healthy.

  • Keeping them in captivity tends to increase diseases in these cats.
  • The sperm have a low viability so artificial insemination results are not impressive.
  • Mating in captivity yields poor results.

Rewilding has not been very successful or wide spread, somehow this may hold the key to increasing their numbers.
Surrogate semi wild mothers for abandoned cubs may help the cubs learn survival skills and finally be released back to the wild.

There are several groups in Africa working with cheetahs and the people that live on the cheetah lands. Education is making inroads with the farmers and helping development economic alternatives is helping to save the lives of many cheetah cubs and adults.

Wild verses pet cheetahs

If cheetahs are to survive man and cheetah must learn to coexist. Don’t let this cheetah ( pictured on the right)  be the only memory the next generation has of this beautiful endangered cat.


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“Poaching +aphrodisiacs + greed + ignorance = the ‘blood diamonds’ of species survival”

You may be seeing the last of these species

It seems even those we pay to protect our animals make more money poaching than caring for the future of animals in their country. Zimbabwe security forces poached 200 rhinos during these past two years. Ivory is worth more now than gold on the black market. They are not alone.

As terrible as this is, we are supporting this behavior every time we purchase something made from ivory, tiger aphrodisiacs or wear a fur pelt from some skinned animal, go hunting for sport or chop up our forests or lands to plant non sustainable crops, build nuclear plants or drill into the sea bed for oil.

Only we can create a new healthier world.

Why do we bother to try to save endangered animals on one hand

– we wipe them out with the other?

Is there president for continuing to work with animal populations that have very few members thus limiting their genetic pool? Especially when “the blood diamond effect” is so pervasive? Why is the gene pool diversity needed?

As current genetic knowledge has it, the more diverse the number of genes contributing to the reproductive pool the stronger the chance that healthy, genetically strong traits to be passed down to offspring insuring the survival of the species.

Many of our most well known animals like the South China tiger, the orangutan, the Sumatran elephant and rhino, the panda, the tortoise, many of the whales, the sea turtles, the cheetah, monarch butterfly, pacific salmon, the North American bears, the wolf, jaguar, sharks, tuna, hundreds of frog, toad and other amphibians… are a few of thousands of animals and plants destroyed along the way to the bank or for aphrodisiacs or to make homes by slashing and burning or long lining their lives to the brink of extinction.

As the blood diamond, the African diamond mined at the expense on the backs of the blacks in the mines of South Africa, so to is the ivory horns, tiger penis, animal pelts, turtle shells and eggs, shark fins, roe of fish, palm oil, illegal animal trade , over fishing, etc are the bloody diamonds rampant in modern society.

Should we try to save an endangered species?

Junaidi Payne chairman of the Borneo Rhinoceros Alliance (BORA) and longtime conservationist with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature), Malaysia answers this question this way, “There are estimated to be 11,000 orangutans [in Sabah alone] and probably 1,500 [Bornean pygmy] elephants, but there are no more than forty rhinos… New populations have stagnated and are going down slowly. It’s about need.

Bornean rhino probably has only 6-7 fertile females. MAYBE THEY CAN BE SAVED.

It is the maybe that keep us going against all odds as explorers of old trying to cross Antarctica and the success stories along the way like the miracles from medical field. Against all odds and commonly held genetic theory some will survive and flourish outside of captivity in their natural habitat. We can do it.

Intensive conservation measures pulled the white rhino back now about 17,480 white rhinos live in east and southern Africa and are the most populous rhino species in the world. Rewilding of the tigers in China is under way trying to help the South China tiger’s numbers. We cannot give up on our world.

Life in all forms is too precious.

Thanks to everyone who loves enough to give their time, energy and money to save our world. Everyone can help become a Crusader for Nature.” – Mother Nature


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“Soccer teams supporting cheeta conservation-who is next?

So which sport will be next

to support the endangered cheetah or another endangered animal?

Threatened or endangered species and the forests, oceans and natural habitats around our world

can use all the help they can get. The world needs all the Usain Bolts, soccer teams or local school and individual or families we can get to help save our world. You can and are making a difference.

Soccer teams embrace the cheetah

The school’s decision to change the boys’ team name to the Cubs and rename the girls team the “Cheetahs” was part of the school’s effort to support the Otjiwarongo-based organization whose Bush project has been chosen as one of the finalists in the BBC’s World Challenge 2009, a global competition aimed at projects showing enterprise and innovation at grassroots levels.
The name changes were announced as part of a ceremony at the school on November 10, 2009 by Dr. Laurie Marker, Founder and Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund and supported by Dr. Anne Schmidt-Kuentzel, CCF geneticists.

The school’s decision to christen the boys’ team the Cubs and the girls team the Cheetahs was part of its effort to support the Otjiwarongo-based organization whose Bush project has been chosen as one of the finalists in the BBC’s World Challenge 2009, a global competition aimed at projects showing enterprise and innovation at grassroots levels.

Cheetahs may run free in India

The NGO has been in existence since 1990 under the leadership of Dr Laurie Marker and the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Sam Nujoma. Its mission is to be an internationally recognized center of excellence in research and education on cheetahs and their eco-systems the largest and healthiest population of which can be found in Namibia. For more information on the CCF Bush Project and the integrated community model of success click here.


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Image 2. Files of Natures Crusaders

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“Endangered cheetahs wanted in India”

Many conservations and people at large want to return the cheetahs to their natural range in India. The cheetah is the only large animal to go extinct since the 1940s. Their extinction was due to hunting and domesticating these pdredators by the thousands.

At first India approached Iran for sharing of artificial insenmination or cloning but that proved to be a dead end. Now scientists know that the cheetahs of Africa where this endangered cats’ numbers are the highest -around 2000 might be the best solution to jump starting the Indian population. These cats from India, Iran and Africa are closely related.

Asiatic cheetah

Asiatic cheetah

Seven sites including national parks, sanctuaries and other open areas in the four states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh are being considered as the cheetahs first reintroduction sites.

Advantages to importing the cats would be starting with breeding age individuals or males and pregnant females that could give the population a new start.

Cheetahs would essentially prey on blackbuck and gazelle the largest herd of blackbuck in India is some 2,000 animals and already has the wolf as a predator, but there is not a problem for these two predators sharing the same turf with the variety of large and smaller prey available.

Breeding cheetahs in captivity and then releasing them is not the answer. Cheetahs produced in this way never acquire the hunting and survival skills needed to survive in the wild and captive breeding numbers are usually very low.

Conservationists who are leading the initiative to bring back the cat to India will only do so after the above mentioned sites are fully examined for habitat, prey and potential for man-animal conflict. The cheetah is considered the top predator species of the country’s grasslands, which do not have a single leading predatory animal now.

Cheetahs may run free in India

Cheetahs may run free in India

Making sure the cheetah thrives and do not get poached or killed because it  killed agricultural stock is going to be the greatest challenge.


Excerpts courtesy of http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8262862.stm

Excerpts courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asiatic_Cheetah

Excerpts courtesy of http://meeja.com.au

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