AWF Newsletter May 2017
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Cheetahs Race Toward Extinction

The world’s fastest land mammal is struggling to survive in the face of habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict, and pressure from the exotic pet trade. The cheetah’s numbers are dwindling, with less than 7,000 adults estimated to be remaining on the African continent. To make matters worst, affluent individuals seeking to flaunt their wealth covet live cheetahs as an exotic pet. “The overall decline of this species has already rendered them conservation-dependent for their survival,” says AWF VP for Species Protection Philip Muruthi. “With so much of their range existing outside of national parks, other land protection efforts—like AWF’s work with community conservancies and wildlife management areas—is more important than ever.” AWF is working tirelessly to ensure the cheetah thrives and remains wild and free. In honor of Endangered Species Day add your name to our pledge, and help us keep cheetahs from becoming endangered.

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Fun Fact

Fischer’s lovebirds get their name from the strong monogamous bonds they form with partners. These brightly colored parrots mate for life and show affection toward mates.

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