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Cheetah bottleneck

Meiers btmeie at UNIX1.SNCC.LSU.EDU
Wed Mar 13 13:23:29 EST 1996

Current estimates of total cheetah populations are 10-12K with about 1200 
in captivity. Most captive cheetah breeding is documented via an official 
studbook so that the exact relationship(s) (if known) can be determined and 
considered when planning pairings/transfers between zoos.  THere also has 
been a recent problem with captive cheetahs being carriers of Brucellosis 
(sp?) which is passed from mother to offspring (if Iremember my facts 
straight) and can lead to blindness.  Cheetahs hunt and find their zoo 
food by sight not smell, so this can become a serious problem for the 
captive cheetahs (and their keepers).

The IUCN Cat Specialist Group is an excellent source for information.

Susan Meiers

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