Largest-known group ever photographed in Asia
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) scientists, working in conjunction with Irans Department of Environment (DOE) in an isolated region in the Dar-e Anjir Wildlife Refuge, recently discovered that a remote camera set out to survey wildlife had photographed an entire family of extremely rare Asiatic cheetahs. The pictures show an adult female and her four youngsters resting in the shade of a tree, marking the largest-known group of these rare cats ever photographed in Asia.
Once ranging from the Red Sea to India, the Asiatic cheetah today is hanging on by only the thinnest of threads. Fewer than 60 exist on the entire Asian continent, mostly on Irans arid central plateau, where WCS and Iranian biologists have been conducting surveys of this highly endangered big cat since 2001.
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