Iranian, US, scientists co-operate to save cheetahs

This video is about Asiatic cheetahs in Iran.

Xarturan national park, in Iran, is one of few places where they survive.

From the New Zealand Herald:

Work for rare cheetah rises above festering nuclear row

Friday June 20, 2008

By Fredrik Dahl

Iranian and Western wildlife experts are working together to save rare cheetahs from extinction in Iran’s arid, mountainous Kuh-e Bafgh region, despite a nuclear row between their Governments.

United States and British-based conservation groups are backing a campaign spearheaded by Iran’s Department of Environment (DoE) and the United Nations Development Programme to prevent the endangered Asiatic cheetah from dying out.

Iran is believed to host the only 60 to 100 Asiatic cheetahs left in the wild. Some eke out a living in a forbidding terrain of jagged peaks, deep gorges and bone-dry plains in the Kuh-e Bafgh protected area in Yazd province in central Iran.

The sleek and spotted cats once roamed between the Arabian peninsula and India, but their number in Iran is estimated to have been halved in the past three decades.

“This is a wonderful case of the urgent conservation needs of the cheetah transcending political differences,” said executive director Luke Hunter of Panthera, a non-governmental organisation in New York.

The United States experts in this scheme put warmongers like Bush, Cheney, and McCain to shame.

US exports to Iran have risen dramatically during George Bush’s years in office in spite of his tough rhetoric against Tehran and the imposition of fresh economic sanctions: here.

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