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LONDON – The cheetah is renowned for being the world’s fastest mammal, but is also one of its most endangered species.
Organisers of the environmentally friendly Formula E racing series recently set up a race between one of their cars and a tame cheetah to highlight the impact of climate change on the African predator.
With an acceleration of 0-100km/h (62 mph) the cheetah is about as quick off the line as the Techeetah team’s racing car, and their French driver Jean-Eric Vergne – winner of July’s Montreal E-Prix – agreed to take on an apparently tame four-footed opponent in a drag race.
Video provided by Formula E shows the cheetah taking a lead off the line but eventually losing narrowly to the car, which has a top speed of 225kph (139 mph) compared to the animal’s maximum of about 112kpm (70mph).
According to the World Wildlife Fund the cheetah is endangered due to a loss of habitat, reduced prey and direct persecution. It is listed as ‘vulnerable’ in the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of threatened species, which says only about 6,700 remain in the wild.
A graphic at the end of the short film, which was shot on a landing strip in a remote part of South Africa’s Western Cape, assures viewers no animals were abused or mistreated in the production.
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The Dell Cheetah Centre needs your help!
The Dell Cheetah Centre is a small non-profit organisation situated approximately 10km outside the town of Parys in the Free State province of South Africa. They are committed to conservation through education, breeding and reintroduction.
The Dell Cheetah Centre is a small team, all of whom are passionate about cheetahs and work tirelessly to try and save them from extinction.
Unfortunately they are threatened with loosing one of their Cheetah’s due to financial strains
Shaka is a beautiful 5-year-old male Cheetah. Unfortunately, many non-profit organisations, like ours at Dell Cheetah, are overcome with financial strains, resulting in very difficult decisions having to be made, like selling Shaka! Shaka is one cheetah who hasn’t always had it easy – he has had his share of medical issues which for a time became severe. This all changed when he met his new carer/ human mummy, me! We are now inseparable, and his bond with me is like no other animal I’ve ever known.
Please help by donating to their “Keep Shaka Home” fund at this link:
For further information on the work they do, please refer to their website.