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Cheetahs “sprinting” towards extinction, only 7,100 left: Study (Relevant for Prelims)

Study states Cheetahs are on the verge of being Extinct:
Cheetahs are “sprinting” to extinction due to habitat loss and other forms of human impact, according to a new study out this week which called for urgent action to save the world’s fastest land animals.

Count of Cheetahs:
Cheetah numbers in Zimbabwe have plunged by more than 85% in 16 years and fewer than 50 individuals survive in Iran, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) warned.

The study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimated that just 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild, occupying just 9% of the territory they once lived in. There were an estimated 100,000 cheetahs at the beginning of the 20th century, according to previous estimates.
 



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