Scientists Urge Endangered Listing for Cheetahs

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Researchers are supporting a call to list the cheetah as “Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. (National Geographic)

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This layer from MapMaker Interactive shows the current areas cheetahs call home. A new study estimates only 3,577 adult cheetahs exist in their southernmost range, which is larger than France. This estimate is 11% lower than the IUCN’s current assessment, supporting the call to re-list cheetahs as “Endangered,” a more threatened category than “Vulnerable.”


Discussion Ideas

  • Scientists are calling for cheetahs to be reclassified from “Vulnerable” to “Endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. What do these classifications mean? Consult our easy-to-use chart of the categories and criteria of endangered species for some help.
    • Vulnerable” is the lowest level of the three “threatened” categories (vulnerable, endangered, and critically endangered.) A species is classified as vulnerable if its population has declined between 30% and 50% over 10 years or three generations of the species (whichever is longer). In addition, any species with fewer than 10,000 mature individuals is considered vulnerable.
    • Endangered” describes an organism threatened with extinction. A species is classified as endangered when its population has declined between 50% and 70% over 10 years or three generations of the species (whichever is longer). In addition, a species is classified as endangered when there are fewer than 2,500 mature individuals.

 

 

 

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Nat Geo: Endangered Species Categories and Criteria

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