Born Free

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Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animals, but they’re struggling to outpace looming threats. The spotted felines have gone extinct in many countries, and in East Africa they occupy only 6 percent of their historical range. In additional to threats stemming from habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, cheetahs suffer at the hands of illegal pet traders. In 2011, the Cheetah Conservation Fund recorded 27 known cases involving trafficking of at least 70 cheetahs. Thankfully, global conservationists have just adopted a new proposal demanding investigation into this issue. Learn more about WCS’s work saving these big cats.
Julie Larsen Maher © WCS

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