Cheetahs are classified as Vulnerable but are most likely to move into the Endangered classification very soon.
Each has different criteria such as population size, geographical range Animal Removal Port St Lucie FL and extinction possibility
The classifications are:
Vulnerable: This means there is a big population decline in the wild and the possibility of extinction within the next 50 years
Endangered: the population decline is over 50 percent, their habitat is shrinking and they are dropping numbers due to different threats, like poaching, lack of space, murdered by humans
A very reduced population that might not be sustainable for breeding and the possibility of extinction in 10 years
Extinct in Wild: Species only left in captivity
Extinct: None of the species living
Cheetahs are endangered since the last census estimated just 7,500 animals left in only 10% of their previous geographical selection. This is due to lack of habitat due to the rise of farmlands taking over their areas. New roads, new towns, new industry. With the loss of habitat means loss of prey species. So sometimes the cheetahs will take farm livestock, such as sheep, goats or young cattle.
This makes them enemies of many farmers who will shoot 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 travel long distances. However, as they are diurnal and travel during the morning and evening, farmers are more likely to see the cheetahs. The uninformed farmer will shoot them immediately as a pre-emptive measure.
1 method informed farmers are using to protect their livestock is by using guard dogs such as Anatolian Shepherd dogs. These dogs remain with their flock and protect them from attacks by predators. The cheetah then has to revert back to wild prey. However, with the decline in these numbers the cheetah sits with a predicament.
Poaching is a little problem but still a problem. Although protected and the skins not allowed into many countries 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 not able to travel with their mother or take the prey killed by cheetahs. Thus the cheetahs more than likely use unprotected places and coming into contact with farmers. A cruel cycle.
1900 Estimate Range and Number: 100,000
2017 Range and Numbers: 7,500
Potential Extinction by 2027?
Are we too late to save an animal that has taken 4 million years to achieve its present form. We can blame its decrease on many things but man is finally the problem and the solution.