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The cheetahs of Zimbabwe, distribution and population status 2015
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Zimbabwe used to hold the world third largest cheetah population. By 1999 the country’s cheetah population consisted of more than 1 500 cheetahs, the majority of which (80%) was found on commercial farmland. In those days, human-cheetah conflict was a main conservation threat. Since this last country wide assessment in 1999 there have been considerable changes in land use, which, in combination with poverty and an overall increase of the human population has had a serious impact on the cheetah population. Our survey shows the cheetah’s resident range has declined by 61%. The population has been reduced by at least 85% to 150-170 adult cheetahs, the majority of which reside in wildlife protected areas (80%). As a result, human-cheetah conflict is minimal and no longer regarded as a major conservation threat. With the current situation being the exact opposite of the historical situation there is a need to revise the cheetah management strategy in Zimbabwe by focusing conservation efforts on remaining viable free roaming cheetah populations and secure connectivity of these populations with larger transboundary populations.
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