@stevewinterphoto | Mom cleaning her cub. The cheetah is the fastest land animal on Earth and Africa’s most endangered cat. Cheetahs purr like house cats, which is one reason they are under threat, as the cubs are either captured or raised in captivity to be sold as pets to the very wealthy, though only one in six survive the journey to their new prison.
As with all big cats, the number one reason for their decline is habitat loss, then comes human-wildlife conflict, where livestock owners kill predators in revenge killings if the predator kills their livestock. Finally comes the illegal wildlife trade; the pet trade is hitting cheetahs hard as is the trade in their skins and bones.
If we can find a way to believe they think, feel, and have emotions, maybe we can treat them better and find a way to ensure their future on this planet. @stevewinterphoto@natge@thephotosociety @africanparksnetwork #ldfoundation @leonardodicapriofdn