International Cheetah Day
December 4, 2020Lu Shegay


The cheetah is a species of large cats, the fastest land animal, native to Africa and some regions of Asia. The population of cheetahs is threatened mostly by illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss that is caused by commercial constructions.

The celebration of the cheetah was introduced by Dr. Laurie Marker in remembrance of Khayam, a cheetah cub, who was raised at Wildlife Safari in Winston, Oregon. December 4th, Khayam’s birthday, was chosen as the annual celebration of the holiday.


The cheetah is listed under the category of Vulnerable by the IUCN, Appendix I of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), and Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

In Asia, Iran, the government cooperated with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), IUCN, Panthera Corporation, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Wildlife Conservation Society on the Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) to protect the Asiatic cheetah’s habitats and prey.

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