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Cheetah Population Plunges

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A new study led by the Zoological Society of London [ZSL] and the Wildlife Conservation Society [WCS] has uncovered a dramatic decline in their numbers, with only around 7,100 believed to now exist in the wild. With a historic population of over 100,000 in 1900, the species is clearly now in a fragile state, amid calls for them to be reclassified by the IUCN as endangered. The reasons behind their collapse include:

  • Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation.
  • Human-wildlife conflict.
  • Loss of prey due to the growing bushmeat trade.
  • Illegal pet trade.

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Searching For The World’s Rarest Lemur

[Image courtesy of Dr. Edward Louis/Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership].

At the beginning of next month, adventurer Ash Dykes begins an epic 1800 mile expedition across the entire length of Madagascar.  During his exploration he will meet with conservationists from the Lemur Conservation Network, who are working to save the world’s most endangered group of mammals from extinction.  As part of his quest into the unknown, Ash will be looking for the critically endangered Northern Sportive Lemur.  There are thought to be only around 50 of these remaining in the wild and none in captivity.  It’s hoped the potentially world record-breaking mission will help to raise awareness of this under-reported creature and the collective plight of all Lemur species, which are placed in increasing peril primarily from loss of habitat due to logging and illegal hunting.

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