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Cheetah distribution

Cheetah distribution

The global cheetah population is rapidly dwindling and with less than 10 000 individuals left in the wild, cheetahs are vulnerable to extinction. At present, the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the two remaining strongholds for the global cheetah population. Whilst in the Serengeti there has been a long-term cheetah project running for over 25 years, surprisingly little is known about the cheetahs in the Greater Mara Ecosystem. As a result the Kenya Wildlife Trust set-up the Mara Cheetah Project in June 2013. Using a research-driven conservation approach the main objectives of the project are to:

  1. Determine the current and long-term status of the cheetah population
  2. Collect baseline data on cheetah ecology and behaviour
  3. Identify the threats that cheetahs are facing
  4. Develop sustainable solutions to mitigate threats

This long-term project will have important implications for cheetah conservation both in Kenya and in the rest of Africa.