A Future for Cheetahs.

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A Future for Cheetahs

Dr. Laurie Marker, author

Suzi Eszterhas, photographer

Cheetah Conservation Fund

PO Box 2496, Alexandra, VA 22301


c/o Booth Media Group, Inc. (publicity)

1386 Nightshade Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011

9780615933207 $45.00 www.boothmedia.com

A Future for Cheetahs is a coffee-table book about these beautiful and endangered big cats. Cheetahs are the only big cat that purrs (and doesn't roar), known for their incredible speed and hunting prowess, their distinctive spotted coats with "tear-trail" eye markings, and so gentle compared to other big cat species (such as pumas, tigers, or lions) that wealthy aristocrats historically used them to hunt for sport. Today, cheetahs numbers in the wild are dangerously low; habitat destruction, competition from other predators, poaching (including the illegal African "bush meat" trade), and African livestock farmers who kill cheetahs for the same reasons American livestock farmers once killed wolves or coyotes, threaten the cheetah with extinction. A Future for Cheetahs not only documents how difficult it is for Cheetahs to survive (doubly so for a mother cheetah attempting to raise her offspring and teach them how to hunt), but also Africa's endemic problems of famine, overpopulation, and habitat destruction...

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