Legolas was one of the biggest cheetahs ever collared by CCB, Horgan notes. And the data obtained from his state-of-the-art collar, which Legolas had worn since July 2014, revolutionized the study of cheetahs' collaborative hunting techniques - until now, they had been largely unknown.
His death matters for the whole species: There are a mere 1,700 cheetahs left in Botswana, and globally, the numbers are plummeting. Horgan says that there were some 100,000 cheetah in 1900. Then 10,000 in 2010. And today, the number hovers around 6,500. The species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Cheetah Conservation Botswana