Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation reports on the science and conservation of the cheetah. This volume demonstrates the interdisciplinary nature of research and conservation efforts to study and protect the cheetah.
The book begins with chapters on the evolution, genetics, physiology, ecology and behavior of the species, as well as distribution reports from range countries. These introductory chapters lead into discussions of the challenges facing cheetah survival, including habitat loss, declining prey base, human-wildlife conflict, illegal trade, and newly-emerging threats, notably climate change. This book also focuses on conservation strategies and solutions, including environmental education and alternative livelihoods. Chapters on the role of captive cheetahs to conservation and the long-term research of the species are included, as are a brief discussion of the methods and analyses used to study the cheetah. The book concludes with the conservation status and future outlook of the species.
Cheetahs: Biology and Conservation is a valuable resource for the regional and global communities of cheetah conservationists, researchers, and academics. Although cheetah focussed the book provides information relevant to the study of broader topics such as wildlife conservation, captive breeding, habitat management, conservation biology and animal behaviour.
Cover photograph by Angela Scott
Philip Nyhus is Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College in Maine, USA. His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment, including endangered species conservation and recovery, human-wildlife conflict, large landscape conservation, and spatial modelling. He is co-editor of Tigers of the World: The Science, Politics and Conservation of Panthera tigris (2010). Dr. Marker is founder and Executive Director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund and one of the world's leading experts on cheetah biology and conservation. Dr. Marker and her collaborators are widely recognized for their groundbreaking scholarship and applied cheetah conservation efforts. She has been active in cheetah research and conservation for more than 40 years and has developed extensive professional collaborations and relationships within the global cheetah community. As a leader in developing and publishing cheetah conservation strategies, Dr. Marker has co-authored historic genetic research papers, developed the Cheetah Species Survival Plan in North America, developed the International Cheetah Studbook, founded the Cheetah Conservation Fund in 1990, served as the vice chair of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC) Cat Specialist Group, and authored more than 65 peer reviewed publications on cheetah research and conservation. Dr. Lorraine Boast has nearly a decade of experience with cheetahs in Africa, serving as the Research Director for Cheetah Conservation Botswana. Dr. Anne Schmidt-Kuntzel has several years of experience with cheetahs in Africa and is the Assistant Director for Animal Health and Genetics at Cheetah Conservation Fund.