Chasing Cheetahs

Chasing Cheetahs

The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cats

Book - 2014
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Since the year 1900, cheetah footprints quickly dwindled in African dirt as the species plummeted from more than 100,000 to fewer than 10,000. At the Cheetah Conservation Fund's (CCF) African headquarters in Namibia, Laurie Marker and her team save these stunning, swift, and slender creatures from extinction. Since the organization's start in 1990, they've rescued more than 900 cheetahs, most of whom have been returned to the wild.

But this arduous challenge continues. For most African livestock farmers, cheetahs are the last thing they want to see on their properties. In the 1980s, as many as 19 cheetahs per farmer died each year. Cheetahs were considered vermin--but, in learning more about this magnificent species, we know this is far from true.

Today, CCF acts as a liaison between the farmers and the cheetahs, in order to promote cohabitation in an ecosystem that cannot thrive without the existence of the precious and predatory cheetah. On a wild ride through the African wilderness--sometimes sniffing out scents left in the dirt--Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop join CCF in studying the cheetah's ecological, genetic, and behavioral patterns in order to chase down the fastest animal on land and save the species--before it is too late.

Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014
ISBN: 9780547815497
Branch Call Number: 599.759 MON
Characteristics: 75 pages
Additional Contributors: Bishop, Nic 1955-


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Jun 23, 2016

a really good book!!! Beautiful Photos!! Interest fact and how cheetahs are looked after in care!! I enjoyed reading this quick 9 chapter book!!

In this last century, the cheetah population in Africa dropped from 100,000 to 10,000. Laurie Marker and the staff at the Cheetah Conservation Fund are doing their best to reverse this trend, having rescued more than 900 cheetahs since 1990, and helped farmers get Kangal dogs that will protect the farmers’ goat flocks. Illus. with full color photos.

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