Regional assessment of the status, distribution, and conservation needs of cheetahs in southern Africa

  • January 1, 2007
  • by G. Purchase, Marker L. L., K. Marnewick, R. Klein, S. Williams


A country by country assessment of the status, distribution and conservation needs for cheetah Acinonyx jubatus in the southern African region indicates that this area holds a significant proportion of the global population of cheetahs, at least 4 500 adults. The largest proportion of this regional population occurs in four range states, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe where it is under threat as a result of conflict with livestock and wildlife ranchers, removal of animals (both legally and illegally) for trade, loss of habitat and prey base due to an increasing human population and possible health and genetic pro- blems. Although more information is required, it appears that cheetahs are present in the other range states, but in low numbers and disjointed populations. No information is currently available regarding threats to cheetahs in these countries.

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