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Cheetah Population Plunges


A new study led by the Zoological Society of London [ZSL] and the Wildlife Conservation Society [WCS] has uncovered a dramatic decline in their numbers, with only around 7,100 believed to now exist in the wild. With a historic population of over 100,000 in 1900, the species is clearly now in a fragile state, amid calls for them to be reclassified by the IUCN as endangered. The reasons behind their collapse include:

  • Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation.
  • Human-wildlife conflict.
  • Loss of prey due to the growing bushmeat trade.
  • Illegal pet trade.

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New Rodent Species Discovered

The discovery was made on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, which is shared between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and the creature has come to be known as the James Bond Hutia.  It has been named after a naturalist who once studied the island’s wildlife and was the first to observe that the flora and fauna on either side of a shallow sea channel running across the island was considerably different.  Moreover, Ian Fleming’s now universally recognised spy character was actually based – in name only – on this unassuming ornithologist.

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