PROS AND CONS OF HAVING A CHEETAH AS A PET
The current cheetah population is around 12,000-15,000, down from the approximate 50,000 the count was at before human interference. According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, 104 cheetahs were “lost” to the pet trade in 2012.
While the pet cheetah trade is by no means the number one threat that the animals face against their wild populations, removing any animals from threatened populations, especially if the numbers are lower in a specific locale, could bring a significant impact.
Cheetahs are an example of an exotic pet in which the pet trade actually harms wild populations for these reasons, but all exotic pets do not fall under this label, contrary to the erroneous belief.
And then, when you discover you can’t handle the cheetah anymore—and you will—what do you plan to do with it? Sanctuaries are full of heartbroken former pets who don’t know what they did wrong to be deserted—because someone just like you thought it would be cool to have a cheetah. Don’t think you can give it to a zoo—zoos won’t take former pets because they are unpredictable and too dangerous. So, you’ll sell it to a “roadside zoo,” where it will die a slow and miserable death, cooped up in a tiny, barren cage it can barely pace in, slowly going crazy, malnourished, or drugged out of its mind so people can pose for selfies with it.All so you could have a cheetah…..
This young Ethiopian Lady feeds and look after these cheetahs for year , cheetas in Ethiopia are not endangered species most of them are found in the southern part around Omo valley. Here is an amazing friendship story of Neju Jimi Seyd and her cheetas.