South African cheetah

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South African Cheetah[1]
Cheetah Umfolozi SouthAfrica MWegmann.jpg
A South African Cheetah from Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa.
Scientific classification
A. j. jubatus
Trinomial name
Acinonyx jubatus jubatus
(Schreber, 1775)
Acinonyx jubatus subspecies range.png
A. j. jubatus range (blue)

Acinonyx jubatus lanea
(Sclater, 1877)
Acinonyx jubatus obergi
(Hilzheimer, 1913)

The South African Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus jubatus), also known as Namibian Cheetah, is the nominate subspecies of cheetah native to Southern Africa. It is the most abundant subspecies estimated at more than 6,000 individuals in the wild. Since 1990 and onwards, the population was estimated at approximately 2,500 individuals in Namibia, until 2015, the cheetah population has been increased to more than 3,500 in the country.[3]

The South African Cheetah is the closest relative to the two other distinct subspecies, the Asiatic Cheetahs and the Northeast African Cheetah.[4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Wozencraft, W. Christopher (16 November 2005). "Order Carnivora (pp. 532-628)". In Wilson, Don E., and Reeder, DeeAnn M., eds (ed.). Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols. (2142 pp.). p. 533. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link) CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. Durant, S., Marker, L., Purchase, N., Belbachir, F., Hunter, L., Packer, C., Breitenmoser-Wursten, C., Sogbohossou, E. & Bauer, H. (2015). "Acinonyx jubatus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |last-author-amp= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  3. "Namibia: Cheetah Conservation Fund Celebrates 25 Years". 20 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  4. Ella Davies (24 January 2011). "Iran's endangered cheetahs are a unique subspecies". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  5. "Three distinct cheetah populations, but Iran's on the brink". 18 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2016.

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