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Cheetah trafficking is one cause of the drastic decline in wild cheetah numbers

Guenther Wirth

From African savannahs to homes in the Middle East and as far as Oceania, more than 4000 cheetahs were trafficked in the past decade.

“It’s an extremely cruel trade that people don’t often think about,” says Patricia Tricorache, an independent wildlife expert who has worked in cheetah conservation for two decades. She compiled data on the movement of these animals sourced through government documents, field informants, cheetah owners, rescue facilities and media articles.

“There is a trade in skins and bones and other …