Twenty years ago, 100,000 cheetahs lived in Africa, give or take a cheetah or two.
There now barely 7,000 cheetahs in Africa
Gordon visits cheetahs in the Kalamari. He follows mum Savannah and her four cubs in the Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, and mum Chili and her five kittens. Chili and her offspring live in the Great Karoo Wilderness. And the two episodes show us the dangers these animals face.
Most wild cheetahs live outside protected areas and so they come into conflict with the people they share the land with. The cheetah is the most endangered big cat in Africa.
To help and spread the word, visit these charities working to help cheetahs:
Cheetah conservation charities
There is also the Cheetah Conservation Botswana which addresses threats to the long term survival of the national cheetah population. It promotes co-existence between cheetahs and people affected by conflict with carnivores. It works to help cheetahs in four ways: scientific research, farming for conservation, engagement and awareness and communities for conservaiton.
The African Wildlife Foundation works to solve the problems facing the cheetah: habitat loss, illegal trade and human-wildlife conflict. Its solutions are to work with local communities, and to minimise human-conflict - one of the things they do is to construct bomas which are enclosures for livestock that protect them from big cats like cheetahs. They also provide consolation funding for farmers who have lost livestock to big cats - which ensures the farms don't retaliate against cheetahs.
The Range Wide Conservation Programme for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs is funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation with support from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the Wildlife Conservation Society. It aims to support, co-ordinate and implement products, strategies and ideas that will promote the conservation of cheetahs and African Wild Dogs.