Cheetahs are categorized as Vulnerable but are most likely to move into the Endangered classification quite soon.
Each has different criteria like population size, geographical range and extinction possibility
The classes are:
Vulnerable: This means there is a large population decrease in the wild and the possibility of extinction over the next 50 years
Endangered: the population decline is over 50%, their habitat is shrinking and they are losing amounts because of different threats, like poaching, lack of space, murdered by people
A Extremely reduced population that might not be sustainable for breeding as well as the possibility of extinction in Ten Years
Extinct: None of the species living
Cheetahs are endangered since the previous census estimated just 7,500 animals left in just 10 percent of their previous geographical selection. This is a result of lack of habitat due to the rise of farmlands taking over their areas. New roads, new cities, new industry. With the loss of habitat reduction of prey species. So occasionally the cheetahs will take farm livestock, such as cows, goats or cows that are young.
This makes them enemies of several farmers that will take them on site. Even although the cheetah might just be passing through these lands. Cheetahs have large home ranges, over 500 to 1500 square km and traveling long distances. However, as they are diurnal and traveling through the morning and evening, farmers are more inclined to see the cheetahs. The uninformed farmer will take them immediately as a pre-emptive step.
1 method informed farmers are using to protect their livestock is by using guard dogs like Anatolian Shepherd dogs. These dogs stay with their flock and protect them from attacks by predators. The cheetah then must revert back to wild prey. However, with the decline in these numbers the cheetah sits with a predicament.
Poaching is a little issue but still a problem. Although protected and the skins not allowed into many nations these skins are still sold on the black market.
Cheetahs do not succeed in protected areas since they may become prey to Lions and Hyenas. Both of these species will kill young animals unable to travel with their mom or take the victim murdered by cheetahs. Thus the cheetahs more than likely use unprotected places and coming into contact with farmers.
2017 Range and Numbers: 7,500
Potential Extinction by 2027?
Are we too late to save an animal that’s taken 4 million years to achieve its present form. We can blame its decrease on a lot of things but man is finally the issue and the solution.