Cheetah Detection Dogs: Overcoming the Challenges of Tracking Cheetahs

Detection dogs on the search for cheetah scat.

Cheetahs are Africa’s rarest big cat. Only an estimated 7,000 individuals are thought to survive in the wild. They’re spread across 32 populations covering a vast area of more than 3 million square kilometres. Cheetah densities are never higher than two or three cheetahs per 100km2 and can be as low as one cheetah per 4,000km2. Lion density can be up to about 16.85 lions per 100km2. What’s more, in areas where cheetahs are persecuted, due to conflict with livestock and game keepers, they may flee before you are ever likely to even see them.

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