The fastest animal on land, and perhaps the most beautiful, can run over 90kmph.
Despite all that speed, there is one thing they cannot outrun.
Because of blind humans
the Asiatic Cheetah is almost extinct.
Completely wiped out from their home
in India there are now less than 50 surviving wild today.
All live in Iran.
Without serious intervention in the next decade the Cheetah is facing extinction. We need to act.
African Cheetah populations are more stable have still lost most of their numbers and over 90% of their original range.
Despite habitat destruction, poaching and bad agriculture reducing their numbers to less than 8000, increased conservation efforts have seen the number of wild Cheetah slightly increase in recent years. This is great news, but we need to do more.
Less than 8000 remain
Among the best proposals for protecting the Cheetah is to reintroduce the species to India. This would provide protection for not only the Cheetah, but all animals living on their protected grassland home.
As much as it may seem strange, the introduction of predators actually helps increase local animal populations and provide an emblematic species around which to raise awareness, support and funding. So by saving the Cheetah's we really save much more.
Lets protect Cheetah's!
Policy makers have a responsibility to protect natural habitat from all human activity. Their failure in the past few decades has been to allow corporates and big business activity to destroy or pollute habitat, leading to endangered species and collapsing ecological systems. Thankfully some government agents are realising this folly and beginning to address the issue, but not nearly fast enough.
Bharat Sing, Member of Legislative Assembly from Sangod in South East India said recently: “Government has granted permission for conservation of Cheetah. The forest department of the state government should avail the opportunity. Rajasthan government should initiate to Indian government on Cheetah conservation”.
In the 1970s the Indian and Iranian governments discussed a swap of Asiatic cats.
India is home to several hundred Asiatic lions, which Iran wanted to reintroduce.
Iran is home to the worlds only wild population of critically endangered Asiatic cheetahs, (about 40 in total).
The Iranian revolution and government inaction meant this proposal remained talk.
The Cheetah once thrived in India, but as the country’s grasslands were repurposed for agriculture, both the predator and its prey were pushed into suboptimal habitats, where they struggled to survive. Recently calls have come again for the need to conserve Cheetah populations in India, but for the proposal to work, India will need to protect grasslands and develop a prey base.
Conservationists, including M. K. Ranjitsinh, India’s first director of wildlife preservation, saw the protection of the Cheetah as the best chance to preserve not only the cheetah, but also the land on which they once thrived.
“In India, symbols are very important. In the name of the tiger, we saved something more valuable than the tiger: We saved the habitat of the tiger. By that same token, I was hoping the cheetah could save our most productive ecosystems, the grasslands.” - M. K. Ranjitsinh, India’s first director of wildlife preservation.
art in motion
Thanks to the millions of people actively campaigning for nature and conservation, there is now a lot of hope for conservation. That hope must become action so that policy makers, who have had ample time to address this issue, begin taking serious action to conserve natural habitat and protect wildlife.
We cannot afford to keep harming nature.
I personally am doing all I can, and if I had the resources there would be well supported and protected national parks for every species, in every nation, all across the Earth.
While I cannot pledge to save all species I can at least do my part to save some. All across this site you will see my effort to help awaken people to the plight of our animal neighbours, and help restore balance between nature and man.
Continuing this work I will be travelling to India later in the year to survey the work of conservation efforts.
I will be donating profits from my art sales to the conservation programmes I find most effective
or in need.
Funding will go to those actively increasing populations or creating new habitats for them.