Acinonyx jubatus


Phylum Chordates (Chordata)
Class Mammals (Mammalia)
Order Carnivores (Carnivora)
Family Cats (Felidae)
Genus Cheetahs (Acinonyx)
Species Authority Schreder, 1776
Summary Status: endangered (Category I), it is dis-appearing and probably extinct in Kazakstan where it has not been seen in the wild for 25-30 years. The cheetah is the only species in its genus in Eurasia. In Kazakstan it once inhabited deserts to the east of the Caspian Sea and to the west of the Aral Sea; however it has not been reported there since 1964. Basic limiting factors are illegal hunting for sport and industrial development in deserts that has resulted in the disappearance of the ungulates it preyed upon. The cheetah has been bred in zoological garden collection and can be tamed easily. It should be subject to complete protection in the wild. The Ustyurt and Kaplankyr Nature Reserves were established to protect its potential habitat areas. The cheetah is in the IUCN Red Data Book of Endangered Species and is listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES).

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