Cheetahs Essay

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cheetahs



Cheetahs have been evolving and adapting themselves to the deserts of the Serengeti for
many years. However, cheetahs have never been common in the wild, but they're now in
grave danger of becoming extinct, due to loss of habitat, high infant mortality, and
hunting by humans for hides. Cheetahs can and should be saved because they have a
difficult time surviving on there own due to poor parenting skills, cub mortality, and
energy demands. The cheetah is also a very important part of the ecosystem and will be
disrupted if the cheetah becomes extinct. Saving the cheetah is very important for their
niche as well the niche of others. This amazing creature needs to be saved.

There are many factors that surround the life and survival of the cheetah and itís young.
When a mother has a litter of cubs it puts a lot of stress on her to be able to provide
them with food. A mother might leave her young for up to forty-eight hours while she is
looking for food to help maintain her milk supply. If the mother is not able to find
enough food for lactation she will abandon her cubs. This poor parenting behavior results
in an increase in infant mortality rate because the young are left unprotected while she
is searching for food. Poor parenting behavior is a large part of cub mortality during
the first year, which leads to the decline in the cheetah population. During the first
four months of a cheetahís life they are very immobile and when left alone they are very
susceptible to predators, and due to this only nine percent will survive. Cub mortality
increases after the first four months because the cubs become more visible. They are
leaving the home and are very uncoordinated, have poor vision and are unable to
distinguish between friends and predators. If an effort was put forth to save the
cheetahs from extinction a great deal of the energy and money would have to go toward the
protection of these young cubs. If more than one out of every twenty cubs would survive
the population of the cheetah would increase (as long as the birth rate is higher than the
death rate) and save it from extinction.

Another huge part of the decline of the cheetah is due to the high energy demands that are
needed when a mother has a liter. A female cheetah will live alone until she has her
cubs. Living in solitary can be hard because they will spend more energy and time being
observant against predators. When a female is lactating she needs twice the amount of
food as a non-lactating female, however it is harder for her to acquire this food. If she
is not able to obtain this much food then milk production will be reduced and she will
begin to use fat tissue and muscle. When saving the cheetah a lot can be done to help a
mother get enough food for her young so that the cub mortality rate decreases. If mothers
had a way to get food for their young with out leaving them exposed in the wild then they
would be less open to predators.

The cheetah is also a very important part of its ecosystem in the Serengeti and if they
were to become extinct it would have an enormous effect on that ecosystem. If the
cheetah was to become extinct many problems could arise in the Serengeti. With the
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