Cheetahs in Iran
An endangered species, found today only in Iran with an estimated number of 50 to be alive and surviving in the wild today.
The Asiatic cheetah has survived the extinction in the eastern and central protected areas of Iran. The Asiatic cheetah was a popular animal for the Indian hunting groups and was captured in masses during the births period in India.
What is so special about Cheetahs?
What makes the Astatic cheetah so different, for one its speed, the astatic cheetah is said to be the fastest hunter in the animal kingdom and is famous for its body heat. Due to increased metabolic activity during a hunt, it is said that its body temperature can rise up to 40.
The big cat is known to be a lover for large plains and empty deserts as it is easier for them to hunt prey in areas, where there is truly no place to hide.
Where in Iran?
Today they are found in desert areas such as Dasht-e Kavir in the eastern half of Iran, including parts of the Kerman, Khorasan, Semnan, Yazd, Tehran, and Markazi provinces. Most live in five protected areas, Viz Kavir National Park, Touran National Park, Bafq Protected Area, Dar-e Anjir Wildlife Refuge, and Naybandan Wildlife Reserve.
In the year 2001, the conservation efforts towards preserving the cheetah took a turn for the good in Iran as a project called “Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah and its Associated Biota” was launched. Efforts towards raising awareness even led to the Iran national football team to have the cheetahs all over their world cup jerseys in the 2014 world cup.