Bred so closely with relative members of a coalition

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bred so closely with relative members of a coalition that there genetic profile shows only a one percent variance between cheetahs. Humans have a twenty percent variance between each person. In relation when you look at the blood protein from different cheetahs they will look like identical twins (Cheetah.org). This means that if diseases sweep through a coalition of cheetahs, one disease like feline leukemia, can wipe out an entire coalition. Cheetahs being a solitary animal sometimes live in coalitions, which is a band of cheetahs that live together; usually a mother and cubs or a band of brother cheetahs. Controversy between ranchers and the cheetah showed dramatic effects on the cheetah population. For years ranchers refused to work with local conservationists to enforce cheetah friendly tactics for protecting their livestock. In Namibia Africa cheetahs have the highest populations. Mainly because of a local organization known as the Cheetah Conservation Fund or CCF, this organization is run by a woman by the name of Laurie Marker. Laurie started her work humbly in Winston, Oregon as a Veterinarian Technician at a local wildlife preserve named Wildlife Safari. Farmers and ranchers in Africa view the cheetah a little like some American farmers view the cougar; a nuisance, they see this majestic animal every day and think nothing of killing them for affecting their livestock. Africans have to put up with the cheetahs coming onto their property, and killing their livestock on a daily basis which in turn affects their profits. So what do American farmers do when a cougar or coyote kills our livestock? American farmers kill them; they hunt the animal that affected their profits; because when it comes to the American “bottom line”, our family Americans’ spare no expense. The Ranchers in Africa were doing the
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same thing with the cheetahs even after they were put on the endangered species list. Some thought for sure that the cheetah was headed straight for extinction. Instead, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Species Survival Plan (SSP), CCF and other various conservation organizations the cheetah has continued to bring their numbers up to a sustainable existence.
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  • Fall '11
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  • cheetahs

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