January 21, 2022

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An alarming number!  The last 12 Asian cheetahs live in the country: measures to save endangered species are not enough

An alarming number! The last 12 Asian cheetahs live in the country: measures to save endangered species are not enough

Iran is currently home to the last twelve Asian cheetahs. This was stated by the Deputy Environment Minister on Sunday, who described the situation around this endangered species as “extremely critical”. This was reported by Agence France-Presse.

“The measures we have taken are not enough to save this species,Tasnim, a representative of the Iranian news agency, said.

“Currently, there are only nine males and three females in the country. In 2010, there were about 100 Asian cheetahs,” the deputy said. According to him, the animals became victims of drought and poachers. However, several pieces died after being hit by cars. The last individuals live in the desert in the interior of the country.

The Agence France-Presse that leopards previously lived in habitats from the eastern fringes of India to the Atlantic coast of Senegal. But they have now virtually disappeared from North Africa and Asia.

The Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) is “in danger of extinction” according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Iran is the last country where these animals live in the wild. Therefore, already in 2001, the country launched a program to protect the cheetah, with the support of the United Nations (UN).

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