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The critically endangered Asiatic cheetah brings a rare beauty to one of the harshest climates on our planet, hyper arid environments in eastern Iran. Like this post if you want to see that beauty protected and allowed to flourish. http://www.wildlife.ir/ShowInfo.aspx?Lang=2&InfoId=324
Photo By Mohammad Farhadinia
The cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal. It can run at speeds of up to 70 miles an hour (113 kilometers an hour).
An adult lion‘s roar can be heard up to five miles (eight kilometers) away.
Long, muscular hind legs enable snow leopards to leap seven times their own body length in a single bound.
A tiger’s stripes are like fingerprints—no two animals have the same pattern.
The strongest climber among the big cats, a leopard can carry prey twice its weight up a tree.
The Amur leopard is one of the most endangered animals in the world.
In one stride, a cheetah can cover 23 to 26 feet (7 to 8 meters).
The name “jaguar” comes from a Native American word meaning “he who kills with one leap.”
In the wild, lions live for an average of 12 years and up to 16 years. They live up to 25 years in captivity.
The mountain lion and the cheetah share an ancestor.
Cheetahs do not roar, as the other big cats do. Instead, they purr.
Tigers are excellent swimmers and do not avoid water.
A female Amur leopard gives birth to one to four cubs in each litter.
Fossil records from two million years ago show evidence of jaguars.
Lions are the only cats that live in groups, called prides. Every female within the pride is usually related.
The leopard is the most widespread of all big cats.
Mountain lions are strong jumpers, thanks to muscular hind legs that are longer than their front legs.
Tigers have been hunted for their skin, bones, and other body parts, used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Unlike other cats, lions have a tuft of hair at the end of their tails.
After humans, mountain lions have the largest range of any mammal in the Western Hemisphere.
When you are lucky enough to spot a cheetah (scientific name: Acinonyx jubatus raineyi; Kiswahili name: duma), you typically see a ‘little’ head (well……for a cat of that size ‘little’) sticking out of tall yellow grass under a shady acacia or balanites tree. If you are really lucky, there is a second ‘little’ head sticking out nearby. While conducting our desert warthog survey on the edge of Kenya’s remote Chalbi Desert we had a very different encounter with the majestic cheetah. While driving slowly along a sandy track, we suddenly saw, only 4 meters away, a lean adult cheetah standing between two thorny shrubs…staring at us.
The Cheetah Project will be led by Ms Femke Broekhuis of Oxford University’s Wildlife FemkeResearch Unit (WildCRU) and will seek to determine the current status of cheetahs in the Greater Mara ecosystem and to identify the major threats that could be causing declines in the current cheetah population. The data will initially be collected during a two-year period using an array of data collection techniques including behavioral observation, faecal analysis, historic data and interviews.
Next month CITES members will get to vote on action to help combat the cheetah smuggling trade.
Next month CITES members will get the chance to discuss and vote on employing specialist consultants to examine the illegal trade in cheetahs. A proposal has been put to the convention by Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda that a study be undertaken to discover the impacts of the illegal cheetah trade.
There are currently an estimated known 7,500 cheetah left in the wild with an estimated additional 2,500 living in areas that are poorly surveyed for this big cat. Two of the five sub-species are critically endangered and the remainder are classed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.
The trade in cheetahs is predominately driven by the Middle East countries where the cheetah is a status symbol in private zoos or used as a hunting animal in much the same way that some hunts uses dogs.
The cheetah is a CITES Appendix 1 species so it has the highest levels of protection. There is some trade permitted in the cheetah with three African countries having the right to export an annual quote:
While being able to export live cats under the CITES quotas there have been very few live exports since the 1990′s. Most of the exports through the quota have been as hunting trophies or skins. This opens the opportunity for wildlife criminals to provide for the live cheetah trade.
Monitoring of seizures by various organisations show that cheetah cubs in particular are often traded. In 2011 one organisation – Coalition of Wildlife Trafficking – indicated that 70 cheetahs had been intercepted from wildlife traffickers. Many cubs will die during the process of transport and even when intercepted and rescued the cubs have a high likelihood of death.
While little is known about the trade in cheetahs it is thought the the Horn of Africa and Somalia are the major routes used by wildlife smugglers to get the big cats out of southern and eastern Africa which are now the stronghold of the species.
The trade in cheetahs for pets, private zoos and hunting animals is believed to be putting increasing pressure on the wild populations. It is difficult to breed cheetahs in captivity and a study in 2001 showed that the captive population was not self-sustaining with 30% of captive animals having been caught in the wild.
To try and get a better understanding of the impacts of the illegal cheetah trade the three African countries have asked that CITES consider the following proposals:
Directed to the Standing Committee
16.xx The Standing Committee shall commission an independent study, in accordance with UN rules, of both the legal and illegal trade in wild cheetahs, and assess the impact of this trade on the species’ conservation in the wild. The study will research the source of cheetah in illegal trade, transit routes of trafficked cheetahs, and will document the measures taken by Parties with regard to live confiscated specimens. All range States will be fully consulted as stakeholders, and the findings will be reported to the 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee.
Directed to the Parties
16.xx All relevant Parties are urged to assist those commissioned to undertake the above-mentioned study in any way possible including through the provision of necessary information about illegal and legal trade in cheetah.
16.xx Parties are further urged to provide reports concerning all detected illegal trade in cheetah specimens to the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee and relevant Law Enforcement Agencies including Interpol Wildlife Crime Unit.
The number of cheetahs estimated to be in the wild in eastern Africa (Ethiopia, southern Sudan, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania) is estimated at 2,572 while the stronghold of southern Africa containing about 4,500 adults. This is broken down as:
By getting a better understanding of the illegal trade and the routes that wildlife smugglers use it is hoped that better conservation management plans for the enigmatic big cat can be developed.
MYSORE: Here is sad news to animal lovers.
An African hunting cheetah which was brought from Leipzig zoo, German, has suddenly died, at Mysore Zoo on Saturday. This is eight hunting cheetah including six cubs to die at Mysore zoo in the last nine months and second adult cheetah after Maya’s death.
Presently, zoo has four cheetahs – two adults Brinda and Arjuna and Brinda’s two 21-month-old cubs.
Mysore zoo executive director B P Ravi told STOI: seven-and-half year old Tejas died at Mysore zoo around 3 pm. He said exact cause of death will be known after the postmortem report. Ravi however said the big cat was not well since few days but didn’t disclose details of its health or treatment. The executive director claimed he will disclose details after PM reports but said cheetah in captivity will live for 10 years. Tejas has lived more than 7 years.
Mysore zoo got four African hunting cheetahs from Germany in March 2011 and a month later Brinda gave birth to three cubs. A Exactly, a year later, another Cheetah Maya gave birth to five cubs in March 29 but the happiness didn’t last long as within few months, a cub died and then Maya and later its cubs succumbed to a rare disorder Wallerian degeneration. Also Brinda’s cub died on June 18.
Zoo officials however claim the health of remaining four Cheetahs is good.
☛ Asiatic Cheetah once ranged from Arabia to India, through Iran, central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, particularly numerous in India and Iran. But today, it is only found in Iran, with some occasional sightings in Baluchistan, Pakistan.
☛ The Mughal Emperor of India, Akbar, was said to have had 1,000 Cheetahs at one time (something depicted in many Persian and Indian miniature paintings.)
☛ From the beginning of twentieth century, the species was already heading to extinction in many areas.
☛ The last physical evidence of the Asiatic Cheetah in India was three shot by the Maharajah of Surguja in 1947 in eastern Madhya Pradesh.
☛ By 1990, the Asiatic Cheetah appeared to survive only in Iran.
The population is Iran are the last remaining representatives of the Asian lineage.
► FEEDS ON
☛ Cheetahs are the only big cats that can be tamed and trained to hunt gazelle. It preys on small antelopes.
☛ In Iran, its diet consists mainly of Jebeer Gazelle( also called Chinkara) , Goitered Gazelle, wild sheep, wild goat and Cape Hare.
☛ In areas where their wild prey is in decline, they are forced to eat livestock.
They turn to hunting domestic animals because they could not survive on smaller prey.
► STATUS & THREATS
☛ The Asiatic Cheetah is a critically endangered subspecies of the Cheetah. Estimated to number more than 200 during the 1970s and a very few are left now.
☛ Estimates based on field surveys over ten years indicate a remaining population of 70-100 Asiatic Cheetahs, most of them in Iran.
☛ The Cheetah’s habitat is under threat from desertification, increasing agriculture, residential settlements and declining prey- caused by hunting and degradation by pastures by overgrazing from introduced livestock.
☛ Habitat loss from mining development and poaching of Asiatic Cheetah is also threatening their population in Iran.
☛ The numerous constraints regarding the Cheetah’s conservation contribute to its general susceptibility and it’s very complex conservation requirements, e.g., its low fertility rate, the high mortality rate due to genetic factors, and the fact that females are the ones who select mates, have been reasons why captive breeding has had such a poor record.
☛ All living Cheetah have very limited genetic diversity due to a near-extinction event some 12,000 years ago.
► CONSERVATION EFFORTS
☛ Iran’s Department of the Environment, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) have launched the Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) designed to preserve and rehabilitate the remaining areas of Cheetah habitat left in Iran.
☛ Cheetah Friends: Another incentive in the region is the formation of young core groups of Cheetah Friends, who after a short instructive course, are able to educate people and organize Cheetah events and have become an informational instance in Cheetah matters for a number of villages.
☛ In January 2010, Iran and Russia jointly announced plans to revive both the Asiatic Cheetah and the Amur Tiger species in and around the Caspian region through a joint project in the near future.
☛ India is interested in cloning the Cheetah to reintroduce it to the country, but Iran refused to send a male and a female Cheetah. Also in May 2012, India’s Supreme Court suspended attempts to introduce African Cheetahs following the publication of newer genetic evidence, which suggests that the Asian and African Cheetahs are genetically very distinct.
Image Copyrights: IR DoE/CACP/WCS/UNDP
Monarto Zoo in South Australia has shown off its litter of five cheetah cubs.
The zoo’s female cheetah Nakula and her cubs put on an affectionate show our camera, demonstrating the strong bond between mother and her babies.
The cubs were the first litter in seven years. They were born on October 8, 2012.
The cheetahs live in savannah of Africa, but Iran is the only place in the world where the cheetahs can be seen among snow covered deserts in winters. It is unbelievable that in hyper-arid areas where summer temperature exceed 50 centigrade, these cheetahs can tolerate even less than 15 centigrade. A wide range to live in deserts!
“Roads, operating more than forty percent of yozhai killed in Iran.”
Over the past decade in Iran, Iran’s cheetahs 27 documented by various human factors have come in the spa at least 11 cases on the effects of collisions with passing cars. Turan, Bafq and a fig Valley areas are the victims in its surrounding roads have given, however, killed at least 6 us only protected kaalmand protected area on the road, the road of Yazd – Bandar Abbas, of which this region is going to make the most of Iranian extremists exchanged for yozhai range. Of course this number is equivalent to passing the yozhai have been reported by people and probably more people on the roads of the foot come in.
Iranian Cheetah Homo are the long haul during and for relocation between the different regions, sometimes hundreds of kilometers of long-distance routes. Therefore, passing through different roads for them is inevitable. However, most of the surrounding roads and not the main habitats are located inside the Cheetah and therefore, not to endanger the existence of these habitats. 11 killed in Cheetah between 2004 to 2012 indicates the necessity of considering the Habitat integrity Cheetah as the wide areas of the desert regions of the country. Nowadays, one of the biggest challenges ahead is to keep the Cheetah in Iran, that road rather than around a Habitat, but also from within the Bafq protected area is being constructed and this Habitat is not so large and small will be smaller.
“When real people fall down in life, they get right back up and keep on walking.”…I took this shot of Cheetah crossing the road as he glanced at me. They usually walk for miles searching for prey and patrolling their territory.
This little cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) has been dealt a raw deal. Had he been born a hundred years ago his chances for survival would have been much better. The worldwide cheetah population has declined by nearly 85% in that short time span. Do you want to help this little guy to survive? If so, there are many ways to help here: http://www.cheetah.org/
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According to the latest population surveys in Iran, “cheetah population does not exceed 70 individuals”. There has been recent controversial in the Iranian community about cheetah population size in the country which has been extensively discussed in the media. On the basis of recent camera trapping efforts ongoing since last winter by the Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) in collaboration with Iranian Department of Environment (DoE), Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project (CACP) and Panthera, the most robust conclusion for declaration is “less than 70”. Formerly, it was believed that 70 to 100 cheetahs exist in the country. Meanwhile, a big question remains open for further discussion that if the population has decreased or if it has been a small population which was suspected to be larger. Presently, there is no indication of population growth in the country and infrequent occurrence of cheetah families has created serious concerns among Iranian biologists.
Recently, some environmental activists in the country criticized Iranian Department of Environment on efficiency of its protection measures and mentioned in the media that we should consider the cheetah as an extinct species, like Asiatic lion and Caspian tiger, because camera traps have shown that the cheetahs are few. However, biologists are confident that there are still ways to save the cheetahs and more collaboration with communities should be established to safeguard the last remains of Asiatic cheetahs in Iran.
What a beautiful sight! This incredibly rare image by guide Nicky Silbebauer of David Rogers Photographic shows seven cheetahs together. What a master mother this female is. Cheetahs form interesting social groups. Females are almost always solitary unless they are raising cubs. Males can be solitary or form groups – usually 2-4 males. Females can have litters of up to 9 cubs but the mortality rate for cubs is 95% in some areas of Africa so a photo like this is very special indeed!
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“Animals do have a voice. If you ignore their suffering, I will remind you of it. If you don’t understand them, I will translate. If you don’t hear them, I will be their voice. You may silence them but you cannot silence me as long as I live.” ~ Anita Mahdessian
These cubs went into the Nairobi Animal Orphanage and film of vulgar handling, (abuse) of the wild Mara cubs was released, and then the little girl died…. xo. Tumbo the once free roaming cheetah cub was locked inside a tiny enclosure, nothing of how he had lived.
WE cried out, together we cried out.
But somewhere along the path, something happened. With all the media, all the outcry, a change was made. Now, inside the Nairobi Orphanage the surviving cubs are being cared for a little more ethically.
We here at Cee4life, want to thank these extraordinary innocent cheetahs, for paving the way to more ethical care. We want to thank them for enduring the unendurable, for existing so humans would be forced to make a better environment for future animals. We want to send them all of our love, and We promise, that we will always watch over them, and we will Never Give Up xoxo Sybelle, Donna, Dawn, Ledonna, Scott, and all at Cee4life
Cheetahs are the fastest runners on the planet. Combining the resources of National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of a Hollywood action movie crew, we documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before.
Using a Phantom camera filming at 1200 frames per second while zooming beside a sprinting cheetah, the team captured every nuance of the cat’s movement as it reached top speeds of 60+ miles per hour.
The extraordinary footage that follows is a compilation of multiple runs by five cheetahs during three days of filming.
For more information about cheetah conservation, visit causeanuproar.com/
Southeastern Iran has been always supposed to hold the Asiatic cheetahs; however, no proper survey has ever been conducted in this part of the country to assess the species status. Accordingly, as part of the cheetah monitoring program initiated since late 2011 in Iran to evaluate the Asiatic cheetahs, the Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) has launched a new survey in Darband Ravar Wildlife Refuge, Kerman province in partnership with Kerman Department of Environment by means of camera traps shared by Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project and Panthera. The area which is the southeastern-most reserve where the cheetahs have been confirmed in the country has been recently enhanced to Wildlife Refuge due to cheetah reports
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED:10:13 GMT, 10 June 2011
The fur is literally flying in this extraordinary set of photos when a fight erupts among a group of cheetahs.
One of the cats leaps four feet in the air during the remarkable confrontation between two males.
The bruising encounter was a harsh lesson for the younger cheetah, who had been challenged by the older male.
The youngster was given a rough ride as its mother stood back with his sister – a sign that she wanted her son to take care of himself.
‘They were not settled and seemed very agitated. Their body language told me that something was wrong.
‘Then, in the shade of a nearby tree just a few feet away, we could see a fourth cheetah.
‘We tried to figure out what was happening but it was not clear. A young cheetah rose from the ground and immediately, the cheetah under the tree pounced and lashed out at him.
‘The youngster flipped onto its back in a state of submission and the big male leapt over.
‘As soon as the big male moved, I started firing the shutter. I just had a sudden instinct that a fight was imminent.
‘The situation quickly unravelled and the scene became clear. This was an adult male attempting to push out a female’s full-grown cubs to mate.
‘After the dust settled, the big male came face to face with the youngster and began sounding a long drawn-out meow.
‘It was similar to the sound two domestic cats make when they have a territorial dispute in the garden.
‘The young male began to chirp to its mother for support. But she did not intervene – for me, a clear sign that she had finished raising them and it was time for them to leave.’ He added: ‘We left with the four cheetahs still grouped together, but exhausted and tired under the midday sun.
‘The sequence looked great on the camera and had a massive grin on my face.
‘When I reviewed it later on the big screen, the grin was even wider as I could now see the fur literally flying when the cheetah was in mid-air.’
KUWAIT: Bu Rashid sat down in his dewaniya with a look of concern on his face as everyone in attendance could tell he was anticipating some news. Soon afterwards, he let out a sigh of relief after receiving a phone call in which the person on the other side of the conversation broke to him the good news: “The package you ordered has entered Kuwait.” It was no ordinary package that Bu Rashid had purchased from a Saudi merchant and smuggled into Kuwait. “These were a number of cheetahs smuggled via the border,” he admitted as he felt the need to explain to the people in his dewaniya who were left wondering about the mysterious phone call. An endangered species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) treaty, to which the Kuwaiti government is a signatory, cheetahs are becoming increasingly popular among wild animal trainers in the tiny desert nation located north east of the Arabian Gulf.
Once considered exclusive to Sheikhs (ruling family members) and wealthy businessmen, many Kuwaitis are entertaining the idea of raising cheetahs as these are relatively easier to be domesticated compared to other felines or wild animals. The trend is becoming even more popular with an increasing belief that Kuwait has an ‘open’ route for cheetahs. Cheetahs are smuggled to Kuwait from Saudi Arabia where they arrive from Africa via Yemen.
The Souk Jazan and Souk Al-Khouba at the Saudi- Yemeni border are considered the main markets where the animal is sold. After arriving in Yemen on boats, the cheetahs are transported through land to Saudi Arabia where they are placed in sackcloths before being smuggled into Kuwait. Looking for a cheetah to buy is as easy as searching for a product online. Potential cheetah owners have access to a variety of websites where merchants offer the animals for sale, complete with specifications and pictures, as well as prices that start from KD3,000.
A majority of customers are young people often seen walking their animals at the Arabian Gulf Road or putting them in their convertible cars, according to most traders. Abu Nawaf, an avid Cheetah trainer, believes that raising these animals is no different than raising falcons, horses or even sheep. “It can be both a hobby and a trade at the same time,” he said in a phone conversation with Al-Rai’s reporter after he refused to meet in person “to avoid legal prosecution.” Abu Nawaf does not see any reason why it is illegal for anyone to raise a cheetah “when there are Sheikhs and many celebrities who own them but no one can hold them accountable.” In this regard, environmental activist Abdurrahman Al-Sarhan explains that the CITES treaty the government signed in 2003 imposes upon Kuwait an international obligation to protect the endangered species. The Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources, the governmental body responsible for implementing such treaties in Kuwait, remains incapable of curbing the rising cheetah trade in Kuwait.
This is because most trainers keep their animals in private properties such as farms and livestock ranches, according to Oudah Al-Bathali who believes that the Kuwaiti government is not doing its job to ensure implementation of the CITES agreement.
Omar Al-Ajmy, who keeps a number of cheetahs at his residence, said that he has been practicing this hobby for years, but insisted that he does not trade “or make any kind of profit” from it. He also expressed frustration with the fact that his phone “never stops ringing” as many people call him with offers to buy his cheetahs. — Al-Rai
The giant cheetah (Acinonyx pardinensis) is an extinct species of cat that is the closest relative of the modern cheetah. This species could be found in Europe during the early and middle years of the Pleistocene. Its range included Germany, France, India, and China, and it shared this range with leopards and jaguars. It is thought that competition with these smaller cats may have caused the giant cheetah’s extinction.
The giant cheetah is thought to have been twice the size of modern cheetahs, about the same height as a lion at the shoulder. However, it would have weighed much less than a lion and had a highly similar build to the modern cheetah. It would have weighed an average of 260 pounds, with an average body length of 79 inches and a tail length of 55 inches. Its body shape allowed for movements similar to the modern cheetah’s, although its back was slightly longer. This species was built for running, just like the modern cheetah, with a shortened muzzle and other features that enhanced running speed and time.
The giant cheetah most likely preyed upon smaller mammals, such as the bighorn sheep and ibex, as well as species larger than itself like the elk and sambar deer. It is thought that due to its similar body structure, the giant cheetah may have hunted in the same manner that modern cheetahs hunt. First, the modern cheetah locates its prey in an open area, and then approaches it directly with tail and ears down. After engaging its prey in a chase, the modern cheetah sprints in wild patterns until it hooks the prey in its dewclaw, damaging its Achilles tendon, or knocking it over. Once the animal is down, the cheetah will clamp its jaws around its neck in order to suffocate it. Because the giant cheetah shares the physical characteristic of the modern cheetah, namely the dewclaw and underdeveloped teeth, it is thought that it hunted in the same way as the modern cheetah. As is similar to the modern cheetah, it is thought that if the giant cheetah suffered a leg injury, such as a sprain, it was in danger of death because it could no longer hunt.
Fossil records of the giant cheetah are rare, but one of the most complete skull specimens was extracted from the French Saint-Vallier site. The most complete set of fossils apart from the skull were gathered from Perrier in the Massif Central, and included the long bones and the spine of one individual. The paw bones were not found at this site, so measurements reflect those of modern cheetahs. These fossils tell experts that the giant cheetah most likely lived the life that cheetahs live today. This life was solitary, with the exception of siblings and mother cheetahs with cubs. This solitary lifestyle is thought to have decreased the gene pool, because individuals lived so far from one another. It is thought that the giant cheetah would have rarely been in contact with others of its species, and that it would have avoided conflict in order to maintain optimum health, like cheetahs today.
Image Caption: Fossil of Acinonyx pardinensis, an extinct mammal – Took the picture at Museo Paleontologico di Firenze. Credit: Ghedoghedo/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Asiatic cheetahs are one of the rarest mammals in the world, ranked the second more endangered cats in the world, chasing the Amur leopard. Desert and arid lands of eastern half of Iran hosts these elusive animals which despite of some 10 years ago, today are considered as one of the most intensively studied species in Iran. However, everybody should think about bringing research in balance with action.
Additionally, he was vaccinated against Rabies, Cat Flu, and Feline Enteritis. Tumbo was allocated a 24/7 carer at Lemartis who implemented the Veterinary exercise regime of walking distances each day and swimming. On these walks, Tumbo would be walked past various tourist venues. As Tumbo grew a little older, Lemartis became aware that Tumbo’s front legs were worsening and took him back to the Veterinarian. Tumbo was then diagnosed with “Bilateral Valgus deformaties of both carpi, probably due to Short Ulna Syndrome”. On the 23rd August 2012, Tumbo’s Veterinarian advised and recommended URGENT SURGICAL INTERVENTION.
A photograph surfaced of Tumbo with a group of visitors which caused some to suspect exploitation. This photograph was taken when Tumbo was on his daily exercise and the carer was asked if Tumbo could be in a photograph with them. It certainly wasnt a daily occurrence. Lemartis gave KWS a courtesy call to reassure them that Tumbo was not being used as a tourist attraction. KWS in return told Lemartis that they were coming to confiscate Tumbo.
Lemartis provided KWS with all Veterinary information and went into negotiations, desperately trying to save Tumbo from the Nairobi Orphanage. The Veterinarian wrote a letter which included the vital need for urgent medical care in addition to providing Tumbo with a humane facility at Lake Navisha for Tumbo to recover from his operation and live a humane existence.
Tumbo was confiscated and taken firstly to the Nairobi Vet section of Nairobi Orphanage.
Lemartis went into negotiations. Then something strange happened, Cee4life was informed that a KWS employee alleged that if Lemartis paid $3000 for Tumbo, it may ensure he goes to the ethical and humane Lake Navisha. The money was paid and days went by, and after repeated phone calls and email correspondence from Lemartis and no correspondence returned, it was verbally told to Lemartis over the phone that Tumbo was now a captive inside Nairobi Orphanage.
His operation has not been done and cannot be done inside of the orphanage, due to the after care required. He is heard to be crying consistently.
There is no answer or justification of why Tumbo is not allowed to be treated humanely and with the prescribed Veterinary care for his condition. This is a high priority animal welfare issue.
This tragic situation begs the questions –
Will the professional Veterinary diagnosis and recommended program for health and humane care for Tumbo?
Will Tumbo be released for his prescribed URGENT SURGICAL INTERVENTION and the prescribed after care at Lake Naivisha?
What has the $3000 given Tumbo because for every animal confiscated off people, there is NO requirement to pay a fee.
Was the $3000 payment legal?
Was Lemartis coerced for money?
Cee4life will do our best to get the professional medical care implemented for Tumbo and try to get him to a humane facility. We will strive to find a way to work with, assist, support and help Kenyan Wildlife Service and Nairobi Orphanage for the animals. But it may be difficult.
Please help spread Tumbo’s plight around the world and support.
It may not mean much to some, but for this little disabled cheetah, it means everything.
Please join together in a show of support for the ethical and humane care of animals with the power of the people around the world.
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October 10, 2012 at 1:42 am (Interviews)
When I was born, I was not strong
I tried to run, but my legs were wrong
My mother, my siblings had to say goodbye
The predators would kill them, if for me they had to fight
I sat in the grass and night time fell
Shaddows moved, a friend? I couldnt tell
In the morning sunshine, I heard children talking
So I sat up high, I began calling
They carried me gentley to a house nearby
A kind lady smoothed me, and looked into my eyes
“Hello little one, help is on its way”
Now I had a home, a safe place to stay
As I got older my legs became more bent
But I still swam and rolled and leapt
These things that walk around on two legs
Were pretty nice and made sure I was fed
There was a favourite place where I could be king
On top of the anthill, I could see everything
I might have been bent and strange in shape
But I galloped, not ran, through all the landscape
When my legs got tired, two hands carried me
The pain would ease, until I would sleep
These strange two legged things it seems
Was what I had for my family
One morning I woke up and the Lady was crying
There were three other people, a small cage, I felt I was dying
They took me away, I feel so ill
I look out the cage to see my last anthill
Where am I now, where is my home
My river, my grasses, my mountains are gone
Im crying now, my legs hurt so bad
What did I do that made them so mad
Now days and nights flow endlessly
I try to be quiet, but my legs hurt greatly
Where are two hands to comfort me
I wish someone would help me
We hear you calling Tumbo, we’re trying hard
Please be strong, the world hears your heart
If you get lonely, look to your left
The two Mara boys will be your friend
You see, some people dont understand that animals feel
They dont know a small cage is not what you need
There’s thousands of people who love you Tumbo
We will be your voice, we promise, we wont let go
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