Asiatic Cheetah in Yazd

Asiatic Cheetah in YazdAsiatic Cheetah in Yazd

A number of camera traps have  been placed in each of the cheetah habitats in the country for an overall observation of the species, Morteza Eslami, director of the Iranian Cheetah Society told Mehr News Agency.

He noted that a series of photographs were released by the Department of Environment (DoE) in Ardakan, Yazd Province last November, which showed three Asiatic cheetahs (world’s second-rarest cat) captured on camera traps.

“At first, the three were believed to be the same ones registered in the first phase of Cheetah Protection Program in 2012,” said Eslami, “but further investigation revealed that one of them has never been captured on any trap cameras before; so a new male cheetah has now been added to the list of other photographed ones.”  So far, the number of Asiatic cheetahs in Iran has been estimated at 70.