The last 12 Indian cheetahs live in Iran, Iran’s Deputy Environment Minister Hasan Akbari said.
According to him, the situation of this endangered species is critical in Iran. As a reason, the deputy mentions a weakening population, drought, hunters and also car traffic. The Indian Cheetah is a subspecies of the lean cheetah, considered the fastest beast in the world. He can run at speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour and lives mainly in Africa.Read also The study combines contact with nature in cities with less loneliness
The Indian cheetah was described in the early 19th century. “Now there are nine males and three females, while in 2010 we had 100 individuals. Their situation is extremely critical. The measures we have put in place to protect them, including increased protection, road warnings and efforts to reproduce, have not been enough, “Akbari, quoted by the Iranian agency Tasim, said.Read also Deer are susceptible to coronavirus infection
Cheetahs once lived in the area from East India to the African Atlantic coast. They are still in greater numbers in southern Africa, but they are disappearing from its north and also from Asia, AFP recalls. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) ranks Asian cheetahs among critically endangered species.
Iran is one of the last countries where these animals live in the wild. The UN-backed program to protect them began in 2001.
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