The Cheetah – known for its unmatched speed and title as the fastest land animal on the planet – finds it’s existence in a vulnerable state. EnviroKidz is proud to partner with Defenders of Wildlife in their efforts to protect keystone species like the cheetah and help maintain the health of their ecosystems. Read on to learn more about these beautiful animals and what Defenders of Wildlife is doing so that these fascinating animals can continue to roam the savannah forever.
Did you know?
- Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land animal, capable of reaching speeds of up to 70 mph, nearly as fast a car.
- Unlike all other big cats, cheetahs cannot roar. This is because of the hyoid bone in the cheetah’s neck.
- Other big cats have hyoid bones made of two pieces, which enable roaring. The cheetah’s hyoid bone, however, is one single piece.
- Cheetah cubs spend a long time with their mothers as they learn to hunt. A cheetah mother will bring a small, live antelope back to her cubs so they can chase and catch it.
- Unlike most other cats, cheetahs prefer to hunt during the day, particularly during the early morning or early evening hours
African Wildlife Foundation
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has been the leading voice of conservation in Africa for nearly 60 years. Its mission is to ensure that wildlife and wild lands thrive in modern Africa. AWF works to stop the killing, stop the demand and stop trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products. Once upon a time, 100,000 cheetahs roamed across Africa in the 1900’s. Today, there are only 7,500 cheetahs left in the wild. The population of cheetahs decreased by 30 per cent in the past 18 years alone! AWF is helping to ensure the survival of Africa’s cheetahs, and other species, by protecting their habitats, stopping wildlife poaching and trafficking, as well as helping to reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.
By donating to AWF, you can help equip rangers protecting wildlife on the ground, provide eco-monitoring equipment for scientists in the field, and support programs teaching communities how to share space with the wildlife in their own backyards. With your support, AWF can continue its efforts to ensure these majestic creatures are around for generations to come. To learn more about how AWF is working to save cheetahs, please visit http://www.awf.org/wildlife-conservation/cheetah. To support AWF’s work, please visit www.awf.org.
How can you save the cheetah?
- Adopt an animal for you or for a friend.
- Join the Defenders of Wildlife online community to learn about volunteer opportunities in your area.
- Talk to your friends and neighbors. Tell them why you support wildlife protection, and help them see how people and wildlife can coexist.
- Call or write your local legislator and get them on your side. Once they become advocates for wildlife protection, they can make positive changes in policy. Defenders has advice on what to say.
- Enjoy EnviroKidz Cheetah Berry Blast crispy rice bars knowing that 1% of sales goes to support these great programs.
Every time you buy one of Nature’s Path’s EnviroKidz products, 1 per cent of the sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation, and environmental education for kids worldwide. To date, we have raised over $3 million to help our partnering organizations with their educational and protection efforts!
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