Cheetah

David Shepherd




david shepherd cheetah, print framed
david shepherd cheetah, print
"Cheetah"
Signed, limited edition
Date of publication 1989
Image Size 9.5" x 16"
Mint condition in portfolio

The cheetah is threatened by several factors, like habitat loss and fragmentation of populations.
Habitat loss is caused mainly by the introduction of commercial land use, such as agriculture and industry; it is further aggravated by ecological degradation, like bush encroachment common in southern Africa.
Moreover, the species apparently requires a sizeable area to live in as indicated by its low population densities. Shortage of prey and conflict with other species such as humans and large carnivores are other major threats.
The cheetah appears to be less capable of coexisting with humans than the leopard.
With 76% of its range consisting of unprotected land, the cheetah is often targeted by farmers and pastoralists who attempt to protect their livestock, especially in Namibia.
Illegal wildlife trade and trafficking is another problem in some places (like Ethiopia).
Some tribes, like the Maasai people in Tanzania, have been reported to use cheetah skins in ceremonies.
Roadkill is another threat, especially in areas where roads have been constructed near natural habitat or protected areas.
Cases of roadkill involving cheetahs have been reported from Kalmand, Touran National Park, and Bafq in Iran.
The reduced genetic variability makes cheetahs more vulnerable to diseases; however, the threat posed by infectious diseases may be minor, given the low population densities and hence a reduced chance of infection.

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