Cheetah Cubs Rescued From Exotic Pet Trade

These two 5-month-old vulnerable cheetah cubs were found dehydrated and malnourished, to the point that they reportedly have issues walking.

 

According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and the government of Somaliland, cheetahs like these two are typically headed off to become exotic pets for rich people. Laurie Marker, head of CCF, told Reuters that for each cheetah that reaches the market, 4 or 5 of the vulnerable animals die, and the mothers are often killed. Droughts caused by climate change are also putting pressure on cheetahs, as less grass means fewer herds of prey.

Conservationists at CCF say that because of the de facto status of Somaliland, which broke away from Somalia into a sovereign state in 1991, they have a hard time securing funding for their conservation efforts. Nonetheless, the country plans to open a national park to help conserve its wildlife, according to Somaliland Environmental Minister Shukri Haji Ismail.

‘Already we have allocated the land. For the cheetah we have set aside land at Geedeble, 40 kilometers from Hargeisa and Debbis where other animals will be taken to. As a government, we have taken the responsibility to ensure that the wild animals get the free-living space.’