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A Look At The Critically Endangered Asiatic Cheetahs

Smaller and even thinner than African cheetahs, Asiatic cheetahs, like this one in Naybandan Wildlife Refuge, are now found only in Iran. Today, among their top threats are cars, dogs and gazelle poachers on motorcycles. (Courtesy IR DoE/CACP/WCS/UNDP)
Smaller and even thinner than African cheetahs, Asiatic cheetahs, like this one in Naybandan Wildlife Refuge, are now found only in Iran. Today, among their top threats are cars, dogs and gazelle poachers on motorcycles. (Courtesy IR DoE/CACP/WCS/UNDP)

The Asiatic cheetah is not the spotted muscular big cat that comes to mind from the movies and documentaries. The Asiatic cheetah is a lean cat that can be found in Iran.

With only 50 left in the world, what can be done to save the Asiatic cheetah? Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Vicki Croke from contributor station WBUR about the endangered Asiatic cheetah.

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