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Observation of Four Asiatic Cheetah in Touran Biosphere Reserve
Observation of Four Asiatic Cheetah in Touran Biosphere Reserve

 

On September 9th 2014, a group of field experts from the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF), accompanied by one of the Touran Biosphere Reserve’s game guards, observed and documented four Asiatic cheetahs in the Abbas-Abad area ,north of Touran Biosphere Reserve, Semnan, Iran.
Amirhossein Khaleghi, Hamed Abolghasemi and Pooriya Sepahvand from PWHF, and Ahmad Radman (Touran’s game guard) were on a field trip to check PWHF’s remote camera traps and unexpectedly came upon this family of Asiatic cheetahs.
This is the second time in the past year that PWHF team has observed and documented a family of this rare and endangered species in Touran Biosphere Reserve.
Rare observation of five Asiatic Cheetahs in the Touran Biosphere Reserve, October 2013
PWHF initially began a conservation program for the Touran Biosphere Reserve in June of 2012. This was the first initiative of it’s kind since there have only been a few conservation related activities in Touran regarding presence/absence surveys by the Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah project (CACP) and community empowerment projects funded by the Small Grant Programme (SGP/GEF/UNDP).  Observation of this large Cheetah family signifies the importance of the Touran Biosphere Reserve as one of the last Asiatic Cheetah refuges in the world.
Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah in Touran Biosphere Reserve
The current local activities of PWHF take place with the collaboration of the Semnan Province DoE office and CACP with the goal of mitigating the livestock-wildlife conflict in Touran. In addition, PWHF also monitors identified individual cheetahs.