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Slaughtered Rhinos, Vanishing Cheetahs, the Lonely Dodo and Other Links from the Brink

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Rhinos, cheetahs, gray wolves and frogs are among the endangered species in the news this week. Worst News of the Week: All of the rhinos in Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park have been completely wiped out by poachers, who are now turning their effort to the park’s elephants. The 1.1 million hectare park is the size [...]

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Asian cheetahs racing toward extinction

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The conventional wisdom about cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) is wrong, according to new discoveries that could have wide-ranging impacts on conservation of the world’s fastest land animal. First of all, the long-held belief that cheetahs had little genetic variation throughout their range appears to be false. A study published January 8 in Molecular Ecology reveals that [...]

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Extinction Countdown

Should cheetahs be reintroduced in India?

Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) may be the world’s fastest land mammal, but that hasn’t helped them escape their worst enemy: humans. The big cats have been hunted to extinction in 15 countries, and their remaining African and Asian populations currently face genetic weaknesses, such as low sperm counts and deformed tails, because of inbreeding. Now, controversial [...]

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The Thoughtful Animal

By Understanding Cheetah Social Networks, Researchers Could Improve Big Cats’ Breeding Odds

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Nine lives won’t help to perpetuate a cat species unless the cats manage to reproduce. The decline of wild cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus), classified as “vulnerable” by the IUCN, led to the coordination of captive breeding programs in zoos and other breeding facilities. And while many know of the trouble that zoos have encouraging pandas to [...]

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