Cheetahs ‘could go extinct in east Africa within two years because three quarters of their cubs are being smuggled out and sold to wealthy Arab men as “status symbol” pets’
- Estimated 300 wild cheetahs live in Horn of Africa, but are at risk of dying out
- Up to three quarters of their cubs are taken each year, expert has claimed
- Most of the cubs subsequently die but survivors are sold to wealthy Arab men
- Rich owners view the cats as ‘status symbols’ and flaunt them on Instagram
Cheetahs are at risk of dying out in eastern Africa because their cubs are being stolen and sold to wealthy Arab men as pets, it has been claimed.
Dr Laurie Marker, of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, told Mail Online that up to three quarters of cubs born to wild cheetahs in the Horn of Africa each year are being taken and sold to smugglers.
She believes that if action is not taken to end the trade, then the animals could die out within the next two years. =