Cheetahs, the world’s fastest land animals, are racing to the edge of extinction, conservationists say.
Only about 7,100 cheetahs remain in the wild, according to a new analysis of the cheetah population. The carnivores have lost about 91 percent of their historic range in Africa and Asia.
Researchers said the latest figures show the cheetah may be more imperiled than previously thought.
“We’ve just hit the reset button in our understanding of how close cheetahs are to extinction,” Kim Young-Overton, who directs the cheetah program at conservation group Panthera, said in a statement. Read more…