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RSS FeedsWhy cheetahs in the Maasai Mara need better protection from tourists
(WorldNews Environment)

 
 

19 august 2018 13:55:38

 
Why cheetahs in the Maasai Mara need better protection from tourists
(WorldNews Environment)
 




The global cheetah population is continuing to decline with only about 7000 individuals left in Africa. This is thought to be half the population that existed 40 years ago. The decline has been caused by the loss and fragmentation of their natural habitats, a decline in their prey base, the illegal trade in wildlife as well as conflict with humans for space. Cheetahs have disappeared from 91% of their historic range. This is hugely problematic as cheetahs are a wide-ranging species. To be viable a cheetah population needs a contiguous, suitable habitat which covers about 4 000-8 000 km2. But few protected areas in Africa are larger than 4 000 km2. As a result, most of the cheetahs in the...
 
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