"I want to help spread the fact that there are only a few thousand cheetahs left in the world & if we don't do something soon cheetahs may be gone forever. Through Cheetah Kids I hope to help save the wild cheetahs."
THANK YOU CITES! October 4, 2016 was a great day for cheetahs, cheetah lovers and young kids of today. In Johannesberg, South Africa, the 17th Conference of the Parities of the Convention of International Trade on Endangered Species (known as CITES) made seven decisions to fight the illegal trade of cheetahs.
CITES meets every three years and is made up of 183 member countries, as well as concerned national and international non-governmental organizations. This very important organization meets to discuss and vote on decisions that affect the most endangered species on earth, like cheetahs.
Present was Dr. Laurie Marker who played a pivotal part in creating awareness at CITES and stated “Cheetah is the least aggressive of all the big cats, and thus a preferred pet for many people in some areas the world. Unfortunately, most of these animals are sourced from the wild, mainly northeast Africa, putting wild sub-populations under tremendous pressure.”
“The decisions adopted today at CoP17 are a very important first step, and the culmination of a 3-year effort by a coalition of many countries led by Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, who submitted the issue to CITES for the first time in 2013, and by a working group of member Parties and non-governmental organisations chaired by the State of Kuwait.” (CCF press release 2016)
Cheetahs will have a much better chance of survival now that there will be a stronger fight against the selling and buying (trafficking) cheetahs WORLDWIDE.
Since the late 1800's, the number of cheetahs has declined from 100,000 to less than 10,000. Click on Threats to Cheetahs to find out what is causing the decline in cheetah populations.