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South Africa’s Live Cheetah Trade

This fastest land animal is often overlooked when we discuss the South African predator breeding industry, even though South Africa has a thriving live cheetah export market.
Between 2010-2020, South Africa exported 576 live cheetahs, most of which were captive-bred in many of our captive lion breeding facilities, to 46 different countries worldwide.
On a global scale, cheetahs are Vulnerable with an estimated population of 6,700 adults. In southern Africa, cheetah occur in only 22% of their historical range and threats include conflict with larger predators, loss of prey species and habitat changes.