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International Cheetah Day

Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years work within zoos.

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Mother and six cubs. Mother rearing is best.

Mother and six cubs. Mother rearing is best.

International Cheetah Day

International Cheetah Day takes place on December 4th each year. First designated in 2010 to draw attention to the threat that Cheetahs were facing in the wild and yet the situation is becoming worse with each passing year.


The Problems With Cheetah in Captivity

Cheetah have been held in captivity since at least 3000BC, primarily as hunting animals. The Sumerians were renowned for their skills with Cheetah. Capturing and training Cheetah were recognized professions.

Hunting with Cheetah still takes place in the Middle East!

Some Indian Moguls are reputed to have held stables of thousands of animals. In more recent times it wasn't so much hunting with Cheetahs as hunting them. The last wild Cheetah in India was shot in 1947.

There are plans to reintroduce African Cheetahs to the wild in India in late 2021/22

The first captive birth was believed to have been in Philadelphia Zoo in around 1956. Breeding is not common and of the around 373 collections which house the species only 26% have had successful reproduction.

Sadly many collections are not so concerned about breeding but on holding Cheetah as Ambassador Animals which they are able to leash train for public demonstration. This has a negative effect and has given many the idea that they make suitable pets. The result has been the capture of many cubs from the wild and smuggled in to countries for sale, primarily the Middle Eastern Gulf States.

Ambassador Animals leads to selfie shots and posting on Social Media. Animals on social media fuels the irresponsible trade in the animals.

Read more of this Here: The ZooKeepers Part in the Illegal Animal Trade

There is an International Studbook for the Cheetah. The sale, movement of any Cheetah outside of this should be avoided and viewed with suspicion.

Hunting with Cheetah

Giuliano de’ Medici depicted with a cheetah behind him on horseback. Painting by Benozzo Gozzoli.

Giuliano de’ Medici depicted with a cheetah behind him on horseback. Painting by Benozzo Gozzoli.

A hieroglyph from Deir el-Bahari depicting leashed cheetahs

A hieroglyph from Deir el-Bahari depicting leashed cheetahs

Hunting of blackbuck with Asiatic cheetah; drawn by James Forbes in South Gujarat, India. Oriental Memoirs, 1812

Hunting of blackbuck with Asiatic cheetah; drawn by James Forbes in South Gujarat, India. Oriental Memoirs, 1812

George Stubbs (British, 1724-1806) A Cheetah and a Stag with two Indian servants oil on canvas

George Stubbs (British, 1724-1806) A Cheetah and a Stag with two Indian servants oil on canvas

It would appear that even the Baby Jesus had a visit from a Cheetah

It would appear that even the Baby Jesus had a visit from a Cheetah

Baby Cheetah For Sale

Baby Cheetah For Sale

Is an often seen article leader and followed by the ease of purchase, obtaining licenses and sometimes details of care.

Such irresponsible adverts are common enough on social media, and should be banned.

Nobody anywhere should be selling cubs of ANY species on the open market.

As things stand at present CITES allows an annual export quota of 205 cheetahs across three southern African countries.

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Please Read

Are Cheetahs Dangerous?

Cheetah in the United Arab Emirates

The Zoo Hubs

International Cheetah Day... Conservation Collaborations

Meet-a-Cheetah Encounter

Meet-a-Cheetah Encounter. Photo: Lily Pass

Meet-a-Cheetah Encounter. Photo: Lily Pass

Cheetah Subspecies

South African Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus jubatus

North African Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus soemmeringii

Northwest African Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus hecki

Asiatic Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus venaticus

Cheetah Range

The range of currently recognised subspecies of cheetah. Based on Durant, S., Mitchell, N., Ipavec, A. & Groom, R. 2015.

The range of currently recognised subspecies of cheetah. Based on Durant, S., Mitchell, N., Ipavec, A. & Groom, R. 2015.

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