The news gets worse. Besides having a scant population, cheetahs have been driven out of nearly 91 percent of their historic range. Cheetahs have already been eradicated from Asia, and there are only about 50 individuals left in Iran, according to the study. Today, the majority of cheetahs live in Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique.
The biggest threat to cheetahs? You guessed it - people. Not only do people destroy the animals' natural habitat by building roads, houses and farms, they also hunt cheetahs, capture and sell them in the exotic pet trade, poach them for their skins and body parts and accidentally hit them in cars.