▪️Falls on December 4 and is celebrated annually to raise awareness of the risk of extinction of cheetahs that has been ongoing for the past 100 years.
▪️This day was chosen by Dr. Laurie Marker, an advocate of endangered animals and founder of the #CheetahConservationFund (CCF) to commemorate Khayam, the cheetah cub that she raised at a wildlife safari in Oregon.
Did You Know…
🔸Cheetahs can reach speeds of up to 113 km per hour like a Ferrari when chasing prey.
🔸The cheetah is not only the world’s fastest land animal but also the oldest of the 37 feline mammal species roaming the earth.
🔸The tail performs like a rudder, helping them to stay balanced when running and making sharp turns.
🔸Their black spots are unique and each cheetah has a different set, just like our fingerprints.
🔸They have an amazing vision during daytime enabling them to see details 5km away, which makes them great predators.
🔸They are born blind and around 10 days are needed for eyesight to develop, so they have to rely on their moms for everything.
🔻Today, they need our help to win the race against extinction.
🔻There are fewer than 7,000 cheetahs left in the wild and they are disappearing rapidly due to human-caused reasons such as illegal wildlife trade, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict.
🔺Discuss with friends about the threats cheetahs are facing.
🔺Check out CCF for programs in education and wildlife management.
🔺Post pictures of this beautiful animal on social media.
Let’s work together to save this beautiful spotted species.