Photos by Yuness Khani, Mehr News Agency
Following photos are from the Semi-Captive, Breeding and Research Center
of Iranian Cheetah located in Iran's Semnan province.
Described as powerful and graceful hunters,
cheetahs are the world's fastest animal and easy to train. Cheetahs were trained
by ancient Persian kings, who used them to hunt gazelles.
Recognizing the cats' precarious situation, Iran's Department of Environment has
worked with the UN Development Program-Global Environment Facility and Wildlife
Conservation Society in New York since 2001 to save the only 50 to 60 Asiatic
cheetahs which live in the Dasht-e Kavir region of Iran.
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