This project aims to improve the knowledge about the critically endangered cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) in Iran through having a better understanding of their distribution, genetic structure, demography, connectivity of possible sub-populations, possible competitors and comparison with African population. Non-invasive genetic samples (scat samples) will be collected in the field throughout their known distribution and genotyped with microsatellites. The results will allow defining more accurately the species distribution, estimating population size, demography and genetic diversity. These data provide scientific justifications for future conservation actions. Project outcomes will be disseminated among national/international authorities for considering in their future conservation planning.



Funding agency: Rufford Small Grants for Nature Conservation

Budget: 6 000€

Project Code: 21607-1

Period: 2017-2018

Principal investigator: Khalatbari L



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