Cheetah will run again in India 29 July 2010Last updated at 07:49 The vast majority of the 10,000 cheetahs left in the world are in Africa The cheetah, eradicated in India by hunting nearly a century ago, will run again in the country, as three sites are earmarked for its reintroduction. The government has approved wildlife groups' recommendations of two sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh and an area in Rajasthan as potential homes. The government will spend 30m rupees ($0.6m; £0.4m) to restore these sites before the animals are imported. The plan is to import the cats from Africa, Iran and the Middle East. Kuno Palpur and Nauradehi wildlife sanctuaries in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and Shahgarh area in Jaisalmer, in the northern state of Rajasthan, have been selected as the sites to house the animals. Trophy hunters Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh said the reintroduction of the world's fastest land animal would "restore the grasslands" of India.
My pup Lokis "Pre-Shake" face. Im not sure its possible to look at... - StumbleUpon ZooBorns: Cheetah Last Monday my ZooBorns' co-founder, Chris Eastland, and I (Andrew Bleiman) made a very special trip to Dallas Zoo to meet their twin Cheetah cubs, Kamau and Winspear. We also met their canine companion, a black Lab puppy named, Amani. It's extraordinarily rare that we get to interact, let alone romp, with real-live zoo-borns. The cubs were born at Smithsonian's Front Royal Conservation Biology Institute on July 8th. The feline duo put on quite a display. With wild Cheetah populations hovering somewhere around 10,000, the species is considered vulnerable to extinction. Institutions like Dallas Zoo serve an invaluable role in building empathy and awareness for wildlife conservation. Special thanks to the Dallas Zoo staff that made our visit possible. Photo credits: ZooBorns / Juan Pulido
50 LOL Animal Pics (1.22.11) | - StumbleUpon RAWR! I hope your weekend is filled with plenty of well-earned laziness. To aid in your laying about, here’s an excellent collection of funny animal pics. Me and My Shadow by Danny Long Three cheetahs spare tiny antelope's life... and play with him instead By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 19:36 GMT, 5 February 2010 Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us? Coming from three deadly cheetahs, it's the kind of invitation that's best refused - but amazingly, this impala escaped unscathed from its encounter. Luckily for the youngster, it seems these three male cheetahs simply weren't hungry. No claws for alarm: Astonishingly, these cheetahs, whose instinct is to hunt for food, decide to play with this baby impala That's because unlike other big cats, the cheetah hunts in the daytime, either in the early morning or late afternoon. And that seems to be the secret to the antelope's survival, as it's likely it fell into the cheetahs' clutches when they were already full - and tired out - from an earlier hunt. Photographer Michel Denis-Huot, who captured these amazing pictures on safari in Kenya's Masai Mara in October last year, said he was astounded by what he saw. New found friends: The new-found friends part with a farewell lick
Did you know cheetahs ride shotgun? The Cincinnati Zoo has a traveling version of its Cat Ambassador Program where zoo trainers bring a cheetah and several "smaller" cats to local schools. And that means road trips. But not in a cage. Nope. When these cheetahs go out on the town, they ride shotgun. This is Sara, who became the fastest animal on earth back in 2009, breaking the 100 meter sprint record at 6.13 seconds. World record holders aren't the only ones who get to ride in the zoo's Subaru Forester. Are we the only ones who think it's weird that a program requiring the disclaimer of "Due to the nature of wild cats, students will not be permitted to touch animals" probably shouldn't be running said wild cats around town in the front seat of a car? What if there's an accident? So is this legal? Of course, Cincinnati is nowhere near the turnpike and otherwise it appears Ohio's statutes are silent on the subject. (Hat tip to: $kaycog!) Photo Credit: Cheetah Days/the Cincinnati Zoo
Cheetah Page E.J. Peiker, Nature Photographer Cheetah Home Page Back to Wildlife Gallery Index Asiatic Cheetah The Asiatic cheetah ("cheetah" from Hindi चीता cītā, derived from Sanskrit word chitraka meaning "speckled") (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) is now also known as the Iranian cheetah, as the world's last few are known to survive mostly in Iran. Although recently presumed to be extinct in India, it is also known as the Indian cheetah. During British colonial times in India it was famous by the name of hunting leopard, a name derived from the ones that were kept in captivity in large numbers by the Indian royalty to use in hunting wild antelopes. (In some languages all cheetah species are still called exactly that; i.e. The Asiatic cheetah separated from its African relative between 32,000 and 67,000 years ago. Along with the Eurasian lynx and the Persian leopard, it is one of three remaining species of large cats in Iran today. Anatomy and morphology Cheetah cubs with dog (India, 1897). During stress hyperthermia, there is high sympathetic nervous activity.
Cheetahs in Iran Once distributed from the Indian subcontinent across Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Iran to the Arabian Peninsula and Syria, the Asiatic cheetah is now on the verge of extinction and one of the most endangered members of the cat family in the world. The last cheetahs in India were shot in 1947. Since then, the Asiatic cheetah has disappeared from most of its former range. Background in Iran:Before World War II, the cheetah numbered around 400, ranging in almost all of the steppes and desert areas of the east of the country and a few habitats near the Iraqi border, but after the war marked the widespread slaughter of their essential prey species, the gazelle, resulted in the cheetah population declining greatly in number. The 1979 revolution interrupted wildlife conservation for a few years, and many areas were occupied by livestock armed 4WD vehicles and motorbikes that chased desert species, such various gazelles, onager and the cheetah. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1.