Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128040881

Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation

1st Edition

Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes

Series Editors: Philip Nyhus
Series Volume Editors: Laurie Marker Lorraine Boast Anne Schmidt-Kuentzel
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128040881
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th November 2017
Page Count: 602
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Cheetahs: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes reports on the science and conservation of the cheetah both in situ and ex situ, covering such aspects of cheetah biology and ecology as demography, density and feeding behavior; genetic makeup and disease risks; and home range requirements and spatial utilization. The volume includes a broad range of topics, demonstrating the interdisciplinary nature of research and conservation efforts. The book begins with chapters on the unique physiology of this species, followed by the taxonomy and genetic status of the cheetah, leading into their behavior and ecology.

The book features contributions on the current and evolving threats to the species, which include habitat loss, declining prey base, human-wildlife conflict with livestock, illegal trade and newly-emerging threats, notably climate change. Cheetahs have been studied through physical examination, laboratory analysis, radio-tracking and human perceptions. Considerable progress has been made in developing strategies to improve their status, including changing farmers’ attitudes and other efforts that have resulted in greater tolerance for the cheetah.

Status reports from around the regions are included as well as a better understanding of how international conventions (CITES, CMS, etc.), and the IUCN Cat Specialist Group have assisted in conservation planning. A section on conservation strategies begins with an overview of the similarities and challenges rural livestock farming communities play in assuring the cheetah’s long-term survival, and continues by including several case studies of successful conservation programs in various countries throughout the cheetah's range. Chapters on the long-term research and role of captive cheetahs to conservation of the species are included, such as disease studies and reproductive strategies by North American and European experts on the subjects.

Key Features

  • Features contributions edited and written by the world’s leading cheetah researchers and practitioners, focused on this high-profile species of conservation concern
  • Presents the latest in cheetah research and conservation efforts globally, furthering range-wide conservation plans for the cheetah both in the wild and in captivity
  • Includes contributions from a variety of disciplinary and scale perspectives, ranging from genetics/evolution and ecology to behavior, toxicology, large landscape conservation, conflict and policy
  • Helps lay a foundation for the cheetah community worldwide by assembling and making available current knowledge of the species not only to cheetah researchers and conservationists, but to policy makers, business leaders, zoo managers, academics and students


The regional and global community of cheetah conservationists and researchers, academics and students in the fields of wildlife conservation, captive breeding, habitat management, conservation biology, and animal behavior, and decision makers in governments within cheetah range states. Specific chapters will interest a diverse audience, including readers interested in conservation genetics, ecology, behavior, captive breeding, community conservation, human-wildlife conflict, and related topics.

Table of Contents


Stephen O'Brien

Section 1

1. A retrospective history of cheetah research and conservation efforts

Laurie Marker

2. History of the cheetah-human relationship

Benison Pang

3. Evolutionary history and paleoecology

Blaire Van Valkenburgh

4. Current status and distribution overview

Laurie Marker

5. Asiatic cheetahs in iran: decline, current status and threats

Mohammad Farhadinia

6. The cheetahs’ genetic history

Anne Schmidt-Küntzel

7. Cheetah specialization - physiology and morphology

Julie Meachen

8. Ecology of free-ranging cheetah

Laurie Marker

9. Cheetah behaviour

Bettina Wachter

10. Habitat loss and fragmentation

Muttullingam Sanjayan

11. The status of key prey species and the consequences of prey loss for cheetah conservation

Matt Hayward

12. Climate warming: the consummate threat to cheetah survival

Matti Tweshiningilwa Nghikembua

13. The impacts and drivers of human-cheetah conflict on livestock and game farms

Amy Jane Dickman

14. Pets and pelts: understanding and combating illegal trade in cheetahs

Patricia Tricorache

15. Use of livestock guarding dogs to reduce human-cheetah conflict

Amy Jane Dickman

16. Improved and alternative livelihoods: the link between poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation

Mary Lynn Wykstra

17. Coordination of large landscapes for cheetah conservation

Larkin Andrew Powell

18. Cheetah conservation and educational programs

Courtney Hughes

19. Protection in protected areas

Bogdan Cristescu

20. Cheetah translocation and reintroduction programs: the past, present and future

Lorraine Boast

21. Global cheetah conservation policy: a review of international law and enforcement

Kristin Nowell

22. History and current status of cheetahs in zoos

Laurie Marker

23. Why keep cheetahs in zoos? - an integrative approach for cheetah conservation

Karin Schwartz

24. Clinical management of Cheetahs

Margarita Woc Colburn

25. History and current status of cheetah diseases and captive health

Karen A. Terio

26. Nutritional considerations for captive cheetahs

Katherine Whitehouse-Tedd

27. Reproductive physiology of the cheetah and assisted reproductive techniques

Adrienne Crosier

28. Communicating the conservation message—using ambassador cheetahs in education

Suzi Rapp

29. The use of remote camera trapping to study cheetahs

Ezequiel Chimbioputo Fabiano

30. Spoor tracking to monitor cheetah populations

Lorraine Boast

31. Mining black gold - finding, analysing and genetic insights from cheetah scat

Anne Schmidt-Küntzel

32. Field methods for visual and remote monitoring of cheetah

Femke Broekhuis

33. Spatial and landscape analyses

Leah Andresen and Richard Jeo

34. Capture, care and collaring of free ranging cheetahs

Laurie Marker

35. Social science methods to study human-cheetah coexistence

Niki Rust

36. Citizen science in cheetah research

Esther Van der Meer

37. PVA modelling

Bogdan Cristescu

38. Now you see them, soon you won't: statistical and mathematical models for cheetah conservation management

Sandra Johnson

39. Future directions in cheetah survival - in light of growing threats, new tools and conservation successes

Laurie Marker


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About the Series Editor

Philip Nyhus

Philip Nyhus is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College in Maine, USA. His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment, including endangered species conservation and recovery, human-wildlife conflict, large landscape conservation, and spatial modelling. He is co-editor of Tigers of the World: The Science, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris (2010).

Affiliations and Expertise

Environmental Studies Program, Colby College, Waterville, ME, USA

About the Series Volume Editor

Laurie Marker

Dr. Laurie Marker (DPhil) is a leading expert on the cheetah and Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), the longest running conservation organization dedicated to cheetah survival. From CCF’s International Field Research and Education Centre in Namibia, Dr. Marker develops range-wide solutions to problems threatening the world’s fastest land mammal in collaboration with researchers and conservationists from all over the globe. Dr. Marker earned her DPhil in Zoology from the University of Oxford’s WildCru, and has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals encompassing cheetah genetics, biology, ecology, health and reproduction, human impact, and species survival. She is an A.D. White Professor-at-Large with Cornell University, chairs the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia, serves on Panthera’s Cat Advisory Council, and is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Cat Specialist (core) Group, as well as the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group and Veterinary Specialist Groups. Dr. Marker has received many awards for her research contributions and scientifically-based conservation strategies, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award, and the Ulysses S. Seal Award for Innovation in Conservation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cheetah Conservation Fund, Otjiwarongo, Namibia

Lorraine Boast

Dr Lorraine Boast (PhD) began a career in cheetah conservation in 2006 with Cheetah Conservation Botswana. Coordinator of the project ‘s research program from 2008 to 2011, she has experience in a broad range of monitoring techniques and their application to cheetahs, including spoor tracking, camera-trapping, scat analysis, questionnaires and mark and recapture. As coordinator of the project’s field base on Botswana farmland, she gained first-hand experience of the complexities of human-cheetah conflict and its mitigation, and completed her PhD on predator conflict on game ranches in 2014. Dr Boast currently resides in China where she is a visiting academic researcher at Beijing Forestry University; her main research interests are big cat conservation focusing on human-wildlife conflict and illegal trade.

Affiliations and Expertise

Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Anne Schmidt-Kuentzel

Dr. Anne Schmidt-Küntzel (DVM, PhD) is the Assistant Director for Animal Health and Research for Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), for which she established the Life Technologies Conservation Genetics Laboratory in 2008. She earned her DVM in 2002 from the Veterinary School of Liège in Belgium, and her PhD in Genetics in 2007 from The George Washington University in Washington D.C., under the mentorship of conservation geneticist Dr. Stephen O’Brien. Dr. Schmidt-Küntzel carries out research on a variety of endangered species using techniques ranging from non-invasive genetics to biomedical questions. Her main focus is the status of cheetah genetics and its consequences for conservation, and she was a member of the international collaborative research team responsible for mapping the cheetah genome in 2015. Dr. Schmidt-Küntzel shares her time between CCF’s International Field Research and Education Centre in Namibia and the Washington D.C., metropolitan area of the United States, where she is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institute.

Affiliations and Expertise

Animal Health and Genetics, Cheetah Conservation Fund, Otjiwarongo, Namibia