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Welcome to Save-The-Cheetah! This is a serious group, the goal of which is to raise awareness about the endangered big cat, the cheetah, and to provide aid in any way possible to further the cause of saving the species! Read on to learn more about the cheetah and what you can do to help:

The cheetah is endangered today largely because of mass-killings by farmers in the mid-1900's, and now the lack of diversity in the gene pool is leading to more and more deformities and sterility, which coupled with habitat loss and predation by more dominant carnivores are making it difficult for the cheetah to survive.

Once blanketing Africa and the Middle East, the remaining cheetah population thrives in Namibia, due to extreme conservation efforts primarily by the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. Extremely small populations also exist in Tanzania and Kenya, the sahel, and even in Iran. But the estimated 7,500 cheetahs alive today are still at risk due to the lack of genetic diversity and lack of prey. By donating to the Cheetah Conservation Fund you can help further conservation efforts for the cheetahs that still roam free!

There are other ways to get involved besides financial donation, and so much more to learn about the cheetah, which you can find at the sites listed above. Other helpful sites dedicated to saving cheetahs are:
:bulletwhite: Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project :bulletwhite: Iranian Cheetah Society :bulletwhite: Rangewide Conservation Program :bulletwhite: Cheetah Preservation Foundation :bulletwhite: Cheetah Outreach :bulletwhite: Action for Cheetahs in Kenya :bulletwhite: Mara-Meru Cheetah Project :bulletwhite: Tanzania Cheetah Conservation Program :bulletwhite: Serengeti Cheetah Project :bulletwhite: AfriCat Foundation :bulletwhite: Enkosini Eco Experience :bulletwhite: Iranian Cheetah Conservation Festival :bulletwhite:

This group will seek to provide regularly updated information about cheetah conservation, in addition to fun and interesting information about cheetahs themselves. As an art collection group as well, the group will seek to gather tasteful and varied art that honors the species we love so much. And if possible, we would love to use art to somehow further conservation efforts!

Check out our :spotlight-left:Fast Facts!:spotlight-right: section on the right --> side of this page for a crash-course about our favorite endangered big cat. Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy your stay at Save-The-Cheetah!

Cheetah: Nature's Speed Machine, by Jacob O'NealInfographic designed by Jacob O'Neal

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bcbdrums
bcbdrums
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Hello, I am the newest in a long line of admins of this group. I have loved cheetahs since I discovered their existence and they will never cease to fascinate me! I hope I can honor them and the conservation effort with my leadership here, and that I can show myself worthy of being the owner of such an important group.

I work a full time job so my dA activity has been sadly limited in 2013, but my dedication and the dedication of the other admins of this group is unwavering! But still, I apologize to all of our members and watchers for my inactivity this year.

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Cheetah Fast Facts!

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:bulletyellow: The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is the fastest land animal, able to go from 0 to 60mph in only three seconds. Cheetahs have a top speed of 70-75mph. They can only maintain their top speed for two to three hundred yard bursts.

:bulletyellow: Cheetahs stand 30" tall at the shoulder, are four feet long without the tail, and a healthy adult weight is about 130lbs. The tail is another 28" long.

:bulletyellow: Cheetah claws are only semi-retractable. The extra extension allows the claws to act like cleats when the cat is running, helping it to make quick turns while pursuing prey. The long tail is also used when running, acting like a rudder for the cheetah. When at full speed, all four of the cheetah's feet are off the ground at two points during a single stride. A single stride can be up to 29 feet.

:bulletyellow: The cheetah is the only big cat which cannot roar, but it can purr. Mothers and cubs communicate using high pitched chirping sounds, sounding very much like a bird.

:bulletyellow: Cheetah fur patterns are unique; no cheetah has the same exact spots. The distinctive tear-lines on the cheetah's face help to reflect away sunlight, and the white tuft of its tail helps cubs spot their mother when traveling in tall grasses. Cheetah cubs are born with a silvery mane, to help disguise it from predators.

:bulletyellow: Cheetahs hunt during the daytime. They pursue a variety of prey, from rabbits to large antelopes, and they stalk as close as possible to prey before chasing it since they cannot maintain their top speed for long.

:bulletyellow: Cheetahs can live in a variety of habitats, but prefer open savannah. Cheetahs have binocular vision and can see up to three miles away, with perfect clarity.

:bulletyellow: Female cheetahs raise their cubs until they are 16 to 18 months of age. Male cheetahs will either live alone, or form coalitions to defend more territory.

:bulletyellow: Cheetahs are constantly vulnerable to the other carnivores of the savannah, such as lions, leopards, hyenas, and wild dogs. A cheetah will often catch a meal only to have it stolen by one of these animals.

:bulletyellow: A popular but rare mutation that gives the cheetah thick fur with a barred coat pattern instead of spots has come to be known as the "king cheetah." Its rarity once made it a candidate for being a subspecies, but it is only a genetic mutation. There have been no wild sightings of the king cheetah mutation for almost 20 years.

:bulletyellow: Other rare fur mutations, many of which have led to the dispute over subspecies classification, are as follows: short coarse fur, longer fur, smaller spots, larger spots, brown spots, blue-gray spots, no spots, no tear-lines, black-tipped tails, nearly-white fur, black fur, red fur. The only mutations that have reliable documentation are those of short, coarse, almost white fur, with brown spots and no tear-lines--the Saharan cheetah. It is also said that Asiatic cheetahs have black-tipped tails and slightly thicker fur.

History


:bulletblue: The cheetah is the only living species in the genus Acinonyx. There are six proposed subspecies of Acinonyx jubatus, spread geographically across Africa and Asia, however scientists cannot agree yet if there is enough genetic variation between them all to define them as subspecies. Two of the subspecies, the Saharan Cheetah and the Asiatic Cheetah, are critically endangered.

:bulletblue: Acinonyx jubatus is Latin for "maned no-move claw." The name cheetah comes from the Sanskrit word citrakāyaḥ which means "variegated", from Hindi's cītā.

:bulletblue: Historic and other names for the cheetah are citrakāyaḥ, gepard, duma, and jagluiperd. Variations on these names are the cheetah's identity in the countries of the world.

:bulletblue: In ancient times, cheetahs were kept by royalty across Africa, Europe, and Asia not only as pets, but for sport hunting, known as coursing. In India they were referred to as "hunting leopards." India eventually took all of its cheetahs from the wild for this purpose, leading to their extinction within the country and Asia.

:bulletblue: In 1900, the cheetah population of Africa was estimated to be 100,000. Farmers, incorrectly believing that cheetahs preyed on livestock, killed them by the thousands. This, coupled with the encroachment of farmland on their habitat is the primary cause for their endangerment today. The illegal fur trade is also responsible.

Visit BigCats.com's cheetah pages for more!

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