SUNDAY MAGAZINE

Asiatic cheetah on verge of extinction

The Asiatic cheetah is on the verge of extinction, according to conservationists, with less than 50 of the critically endangered species still alive. Iran, home to all these cheetah, has already witnessed the extinction of the Asiatic lion and the Caspian tiger. The warning comes in the wake of the United Nation’s decision to pull funding from the protection of the second-rarest cat species. Cheetahs are killed in droves by poachers, and local farmers, who kill them to protect their livestock. But a large number are lost as roadkill, being run over on highways. The onus is now on the Iranian government to step up funding for the planet’s fastest land animals.

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