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Cheetah sighting reported in Kazakhstan

23/07/2012 10:48:53
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Cheetah are still present in Iran, where 60-70 still hang on. Photo credit DOE/CACP/UNDP/WCS

Are cheetah hanging on around the Aral Sea?
July 2012. Some Russian travellers have recently claimed to have seen a cheetah near the Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. The Russians were driving near the Aral Sea when they spotted what they believe was a cheetah. The animal was apparently filmed on a mobile phone (We have not managed to find the people involved or the clip), and they also filmed the tracks the animal made.

It is believed that cheetah became extinct in the area over 100 years ago, and perhaps 40-50 years ago in neighbouring Turkmenistan. The only Asiatic cheetahs known to still exist live in Iran, (Read about cheetah in Iran) where it is thought some 60-70 cheetah still live. It is possible that 1-2 might migrate into Turkmenistan but unlikely that they would travel all the way to the Aral Sea. Thus, if the sighting was confirmed, it would imply that a small population have somehow managed to cling on in the wilderness of the Aral Sea. 

IF...........

(it's a big if)

See the original report on a Kazakh website

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