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Robyn Morrison

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Robyn grew up in Johannesburg and every family holiday was spent exploring the Lowveld or camping around Southern Africa. Her love of nature and conservation propelled her to complete her Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh’s school of Geoscience. Although this gave ...

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on A Genetic Bottleneck: The Changes of Cheetah Throughout History

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Babs Putar
Explorer

Cheetahs are so special and beautiful. Their facial markings make them so unique and different to the rest of all the other cats.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Very interesting report Robyn on the genetic history of the cheetahs and how their lives are impacted today. I have recently seen a documentary and read a few articles that the cheetah population has been slowly growing in Kenya and Tanzania, perhaps because the gene pool there is not as corrupted. It seems there are a few cheetah rehabilitation properties throughout Southern Africa and hopefully the offspring that results from careful breeding, can be integrated back into the wild. They are such beautiful cats and every sighting is special, so I hope scientists and conservationists can come up with a plan to grow their numbers.

Leonie De Young
Master Tracker

An interesting blog Robyn, Some nice pics also. Cheetah are really beautiful cats. Thanks for sharing.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Such graceful, athletic animals. I’m with you, hoping that proactive conservation efforts are successful.

Marcia Parker
Digital Tracker

Interesting post Robyn! And that cheetah photo from James T 2019 you included is really a beautiful one! 🥰👍🤩

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Robyn it is heart breaking to see there numbers going down. But with the rehabilitation centre it could help tremendously to bring there numbers up. Beautiful cats and I love those black lines on their face.

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

Very informative. Hopefully they can survive this third genetic bottleneck (and us humans ) and the conservation efforts will sustain them.

Camille Koertner
Senior Digital Ranger

I definitely learned something today with your interesting post on Cheetah genetic bottlenecks impacting their unfortunate decline. I suspected habitat reduction, global warming consequences and mankind’s interference, but had not considered their own genetic inbreeding. Let’s hope we can “interfere” somehow to help them thrive again!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

I hope humans stop stealing baby cheetah from the wild and leave them in peace, this must be reached through education especially in the countries where most cubs go to. Thanks for the biology repetition lesson on the bottleneck extinction it was nice to read it again! Wonderful pictures to comment it

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Cheetahs are such lovely animals. It would be such a tragedy if they became extinct.
A very interesting article, Robyn. I had not known that cheetah had become nearly extinct twice so far. And hopefully they will not in the future.
There is a project in India, where they resettled cheetah from South Africa to India. What do you think: Is this a good idea? Or will this drive cheetah still further into extinction? The cheetah population in India is very small. I wonder if this helps or if it is just done to use these wonderful animals to help India boast that they have now cheetahs as well.

Lisa Antell
Master Tracker

I just love these cats but human pressure in them especially in East Africa is just squashing their ability to raise cubs successfully. I also have huge doubts about the reintroduction of cheetah to India. However I would certainly be thrilled if it does indeed look successful in the future.

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Robyn, Thanks for the informative story on Cheetah changes. They are such graceful elegant animals. Let’s hope the conservation project helps their population grow!

William Paynter
Master Tracker

Robyn, thank you for the interesting update on cheetah ‘s. I hope that they can survive and flourish in the future world we are headed into. Surly Londolozi will be a part of their survival.

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