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7th Annual Festival Of Cheetah Conservation Day To Be Held In Tehran

Source: Cheetah Conservation Day, Iran

The 7th National Festival of Cheetahs will be held in Tehran Zoo (Eram Park) August 29-30, 2013 with the participation of environmental activists, wildlife guards, officials, athletes and environmental experts.

August 31st has been named as Asiatic Cheetah Day in Iran. On this day in 1994 a cheetah cub was rescued from environmentally unaware people after having lost her mother and two siblings at a waterhole in central Iran. Since then, numerous programs have been organized in various parts of Iran each year to educate the public about this endangered specie. So now a majority of Iranians are aware that their country is the last stronghold for Asiatic Cheetah.

In 1994, a female cheetah with her three cubs ventured to a garden at the outskirts of Bafg City to drink water when they were attacked by the local people. The injured female cheetah escaped, and the environmental protection agents could only save 2 of the injured cubs. But only one of the cubs survived. The cub, named Marita, was housed at the Pardisan Park in Tehran and lived there until 2003. August 31, the day of Marita’s rescue, was named as National Day of Asiatic Cheetah Conservation Day in Iran.

August 31, cheetah conservation day, is reminiscent of the glorious past, great ambitions and respectability of Iranians. It reminds us that Iran is the only country in the ancient continent that successfully saved the last remnants of Asiatic cheetah, and it reminds us the promise we made to conserve them. This day reminds us the great responsibility we have in saving this natural heritage in front of God almighty and humankind. We promised to join hands and cooperate to conserve the cheetahs.

Iranian Cheetah
Photos: A Lone Iranian Cheetah

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