Cheetahs risk extinction in Zimbabwe

cheatahFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE cheetah, which is the fastest land animal, is nearing extinction in neighbouring Zimbabwe as a result of poaching and poor management of wildlife.
It has emerged the country’s cheetah population has plummeted from 1 200 to a maximum of 170 animals in just 16 years.Conservationists said this represented an astonishing loss of 85 percent of the country’s cheetahs during the period.
In Zimbabwe, the animals are hunted for their skin and parts, which are believed to be lucky charms.Due to the species’ dramatic decline, conservationists have called for the cheetah to be up-listed from ‘vulnerable’ to ‘endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List of Threatened Species. 
They said the recent decisions made at the CITES CoP17 meeting in Johannesburg represented a significant breakthrough particularly in terms of stemming the illegal flow of live cats trafficked out of Africa.Globally, the cheetah is facing extinction with just over 7 000 cats remaining.

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