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From Georgina Goodwin (@ggkenya) // “Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) brothers at sunset in Kenya’s Masai Mara. Can you spot the second in the grass?
Cheetah are incredibly vulnerable. Half of their hunt chases, which last from 20 - 60 seconds, are unsuccessful. Cheetahs don't do well against other larger predators like the lion, leopard, and hyena, all of which compete with cheetahs for prey and will kill cheetahs given the opportunity.
In Kenya in the early 1980s, there were more than 5,000 cheetahs, now according to Kenya Wildlife Service (@kenyawildlifetrust) there are only 1,000 cheetahs left in Kenya.
Right now, Kenya’s predators are in trouble. Our lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and wild dogs are facing more threats than ever before, such as loss of habitat, ecosystems under pressure and conflict with humans. Realising this, the Kenya Wildlife Trust (@KWT) set up the Mara Predator Conservation Program to determine threats in the Greater Mara Ecosystem and to develop sustainable solutions to mitigate them. To follow and support their important work go to https://kenyawildlifetrust.org/category/predator-conservation”
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