Cheetahs could soon GO EXTINCT on the African savannah, study reveals

Cheetahs could soon GO EXTINCT on the African savannah, study reveals

Cheetahs are an iconic animal of the African savannah, but scientists warn that this majestic cat and other large carnivores are on the brink of extinction, and humans are to blame.

Along with the spotted mammals are wild dogs and hyenas that could soon be extinct due to habitat loss, human persecution, and reduced prey.

Researchers at the University of Oxford found that the plight of the animals has been overlooked due to the focus on lions, leopards and other top predators and regions such as South Africa, Kenya and northern West and Central Africa are underrepresented.

Specifically, 26 countries currently lack published estimates, notably Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, and Chad.

Identifying knowledge gaps will improve conservation efforts by targeting funding, investment and priorities, according to the scientists.

Cheetahs that live in the African savannah are on the brink of extinction, but a lack of care in the region has meant their decline in numbers has gone unnoticed.

Cheetahs that live in the African savannah are on the brink of extinction, but a lack of care in the region has meant their decline in numbers has gone unnoticed.

Lead author Dr Paolo Strampelli, from the University of Oxford, said: “The research effort is significantly biased towards lions and against striped hyenas, despite the latter being the species with the widest continental range. “.

“African wild dogs also exhibited a negative bias in research attention, although this is partly explained by their relatively restricted distribution.”

The African savannah ecosystem is a tropical grassland with warm temperatures year-round and seasonal rainfall.

The savanna is characterized by grasses and small or scattered trees and is the largest biome in South Africa, covering 46 percent of the region.

The savannah (dark tan color) is characterized by grasses and small or sparse trees and is the largest biome in South Africa, covering 46 percent of the region.

The savannah (dark tan color) is characterized by grasses and small or sparse trees and is the largest biome in South Africa, covering 46 percent of the region.

Covers Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania , Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana and South Africa.

Scientists estimate that there are fewer than 8,000 African cheetahs in all of Africa.

Due to a lack of scrutiny in the savannah, scientists cannot determine how many live in the region, but it is likely less than half.

Data from 2016 showed that the population was around 2,000 and 90 percent live in protected areas.

“Our findings highlight the urgent need for further cheetah population assessments, particularly in northern, western and central Africa,” Strampelli said.

‘Due to their wide variety of countries, studies in Chad and Ethiopia should be considered especially a priority.’

Hyenas thrive throughout Africa, numbering over 100,000 individuals, but that number is drastically reduced on the savannah.

However, feral dogs suffer the most: an estimated 70 adults remain in the wild.

The study in the journal PeerJ is the first of its kind, based on a systematic review of population assessments over the past two decades.

The international team found that biodiversity monitoring may not be evenly distributed or done where it is most needed.

Computer models showed that assessments have been biased towards South Africa and Kenya. North, West and Central Africa are underrepresented.

Hyenas thrive throughout Africa, numbering over 100,000 individuals, but that number is drastically reduced on the savannah.

Hyenas thrive throughout Africa, numbering over 100,000 individuals, but that number is drastically reduced on the savannah.

However, feral dogs suffer the most: an estimated 70 adults remain in the wild.

However, feral dogs suffer the most: an estimated 70 adults remain in the wild.

Most of the studies have been carried out in tourist areas under government management; Unprotected and trophy hunting regions received less attention.

Reducing biases would help ensure that all species and areas of conservation importance have an adequate knowledge base available, which could improve their perspective, according to the scientists.

Strampelli and his colleagues solicited foreign donors and researchers to maximize the participation of local scientists, students, and professionals in future evaluations.

These include the provision of training, financing and equipment. Donors and sponsors should encourage efforts in understudied regions and species.

This will ensure that conservation occurs where it is most needed. Striped hyena population assessments are required.

Further population assessments of the African wild dog are essential, particularly as the species is threatened with extinction.

Such efforts are especially needed in countries identified as critical for the species.

Recent assessments have not been carried out in some countries, including Botswana and Tanzania.

“There is an urgent need for further assessments of the cheetah population, particularly in northern, western and central Africa,” Strampelli said.

‘Due to their wide range of countries, studies in Chad and Ethiopia should be considered especially a priority.

“As in the case of the African wild dog, the development and standardization of cheetah population monitoring techniques is recommended, including the exploration of citizen science-based approaches.”

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