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Asiatic cheetah

The only living cheetah subspecies outside of Africa

The Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) is a critically endangered subspecies of the cheetah native to Asia.

Asiatic cheetah[1]
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An Asiatic cheetah in Iran.
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Acinonyx jubatus venaticus
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A. j. venaticus range (green)

It is also called the Iranian cheetah because the only living Asiatic cheetahs live in Iran. It is now extinct in India, but during British colonial times in India it was the famous hunting leopard.[3] This name came about because some of these animals were kept captive by Indian royalty and used to hunt wild antelope.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wozencraft, W. Christopher ( 2005). "Order Carnivora (pp. 532-628)". In Wilson, Don E., and Reeder, DeeAnn M. eds (ed.). Mammal Species of the World: a taxonomic and geographic reference (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2 vols. p. 533. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494. Check date values in: |date= (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: editors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: editors list (link)
  2. Jowkar H. et cet (2008). "Acinonyx jubatus ssp. ventaticus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2008. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 February 2009.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  3. Lydekker R.A. 1893–94. The Royal Natural History. Volume 1.

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