Those people make money to buy more land for lions by letting idiot dentists "hunt" an aged animal that is causing his pride damage. It is pointless to pet them and care for them if they are going to die anyway. African servals are only legal without special permits in about five states, and even that number is decreasing. Other times, people take cubs to keep them as pets, or because they feel they are acting as ‘Good Samaritans’ by rescuing cubs they find in the bush unattended. Cheetahs also typically flee if a human approaches them or makes direct eye contact, unlike other animals which may prepare to pounce instead. My best friend adores cheetahs, and her bucket list includes the wish to pet one someday. “Please leave cheetahs where they belong, in the wild. “Our focus, as LCMAN members, is conserving cheetahs and other carnivores in the wild and not keeping them in captivity; however, several LCMAN members maintain registered sanctuaries for non-releasable cheetahs where they feed, house and provide veterinary care for the animals. If handled properly they are very sweet and good natured. Animals are so misunderstood in so many ways and there are so many things that are overrated. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. After the hike, Tammy and Spot happily went back to their enclosure, if I remember correctly, about 50x50m (about 0.625 acres). The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat native to Africa and central Iran. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on August 25, 2016: Diana: Your post is strange and stupid, if I'm even understanding it correctly. Though cheetah ownership and exotic pet ownership has been outlawed in many countries, there is still a high demand for cheetahs as pets. Nadja le Roux In addition to the financial and health challenges that may arise from keeping wildlife species in captivity, the practice impacts on the ecosystem as well as on the economic and social contribution from the sector. Cheetahs have never been domesticated; however, they have been kept as pets for thousands of years. Live and Let Live! I do not think that there is harm in owning these animals the right way. Simply put, if you are an average-sized adult, cheetahs do not see you as prey. We were taught not to do that. ... 200 Good and Famous Names for Kangaroos. The cubs, as previously described, are very hard to care for. Arun Dev from United Countries of the World on July 12, 2015: This can be a way through which humans and cheetahs can live together in harmony. If the condition of the animal is not good, it will be destroyed. The habitat of wild tigers has been permanently decimated and each individual animal needs a certain amount of territory to survive. It has been shown that the welfare of cheetahs is enhanced if they can view their natural prey. There are two breeders within 250 miles of me with Cubs currently. Yes. While cheetahs live on average about 8 years in the wild, 17 years is not uncommon in captivity. Animals that are not captive-bred are more than likely to have been obtained by immoral practices such as removal from the wild, which may result in the death of the mother. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are many who have an interest in keeping these iconic animals as personal pets. Cheetahs belong in the wild. The current cheetah population is around 12,000–15,000, down from the approximate 50,000 the count was at before human interference. Even in a worst-case scenario of tigers going extinct in the wild, it won't be a death knell for the species as a whole. People have long kept cheetahs as pets as a symbol of wealth. I had no idea cheetahs have been considered pets for that long, I literally thought it was some new trend that was recently started. even to this day. These beauties are awesome battle pets too! Many people ask if it is possible to obtain a pet cheetah. Please let me know if you post any pictures. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on February 02, 2015: Brandon Hart from The Game on February 02, 2015: I use to know someone that had a serval as a pet. I am going to visit her at the beginning of December and I will take pictures of her 'farm' and the babies- they are so cute!! “Large carnivores, including cheetahs, do not make good pets. Lol. And then in the comments you say your glad there are no restrictions where you live to own wild animals. Furthermore, this practice is punishable by law and those found will be prosecuted or fined”, said Romeo Muyunda, MET’s Chief Public Relations Officer. Girl who really loves cheetahs❤️ on July 12, 2020: My dream pet is a cheetah they are soooo cute I have always loved them and will never stop loving them.❤️. As described above, the extremely poor breeding success of these cats make them unsustainable as pets. Very informative article but I do not support this trend of keeping exotic animals and birds as pets. They have tan-colored fur with solid black, round spots. The "More tigers in captivity than in the wild" is not a bad thing, either, as long as the tigers are thriving in captivity. Even wild foxes either ran from or played with my cats. Cheetahs have been considered through out history to be a sleek and beautiful cat. he was really pretty. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on October 12, 2014: Thanks Marie G. The safest place for cheetahs is in a decent zoo or private ownership situation. The problem is that Cheetahs are dwindling in captivity, so they're going extinct on two fronts. I own a serval and its great. Namibia is known internationally for having the world’s largest remaining cheetah population, approximately 1,500 adults and adolescents out of a worldwide population of less than 7,500. A clear example is the captive tigers that now outnumber tigers that are in the wild. Please take our photo down. Most cheetahs held at registered Namibian facilities came in as orphaned or injured animals and are unable to hunt on their own. They'd rather see it go in the wild and get killed by lions or leopards or hyenas. These animals require a committed owner who is willing to endure possible house destruction in addition to providing an outdoor enclosure. I don't support zoos either. Sure, everyone knows just how popular, amusing, and tugging a good cat video is, and in 2008, a YouTube video reunion of two men and their former pet lion, Christian, went viral. I had no idea that these cats consider grown humans too large to be prey. Nowhere in this article did I state what LEO supports and I didn't expect anyone to be able to identify that photo, I was simply using it as an example of a proper cheetah home (my mistake, wrong photo, I will use the right photo). However, this is rare in the US due to strict regulations and the difficulty in importing cheetahs. This is a very interesting article. Greats me at the door every day i come home and cuddles on the couch with us. Copyright Melissa Smith. A note on this: Most zoology professionals understand the importance of avoiding hand-rearing big cats if at all possible if they are going to be integrated into a natural setting, and especially if the animals will be released. The owners claimed the cheetahs were adopted because they felt the mother could not care for them. Marchesa Casati with pet cheetah (1912) Picture: Courtesy of Ryersson and Yaccarino/The Casati Archives. Wild cats can often be destructive in the home, and they are prone to urine spraying. It's one thing to eat an animal, but to feed it and care for it? Cheetah Conservation Fund from Otjiwarongo, Namibia on October 09, 2014: I was pleasantly surprised to read your info about cheetah pets. As the matter of fact,foxes are strong for their size and are active hunters and can take down a full grown goat,deer or human,for that matter,plus,they are super aggresive and dangerous around children,and foxes kill on average 300.000 people,most of the victims are children aged 0-10 and elderly,how are most like to get attacked or killed by a fox,children because they are small enough to be killed and eaten by a fox and because foxes can easily bite,and they can get rabies and sepsis easily,elderly for having weak imunne system,and if they are bitten by a fox,they can easily die from rabies and sepsis. Cheetahs are an example of an exotic pet in which the pet trade actually harms wild populations for these reasons, but all exotic pets do not fall under this label, contrary to the erroneous belief. Puzzles Giraffe-- I'm taken aback by your rudeness. This actually hurts wild tiger populations, very much like it hurts wild cheetah numbers. It is an issue of great concern as the cheetah populations in areas where the illegal taking happens are very small and isolated. Tammy was wild, but Spot responded to humans and Tammy went where Spot went. Great article. This is regulation to see that things are done the right way. I start with Rake, then Claw if the pet isn't low enough to kill with Devour, which hits twice. If I want to keep cheetahs as pets,I'd go to Dubai,right? Well, cheetahs, unlike other big cats, are rather selective about the animals they hunt (such as small to medium-sized antelope species), and they kill their prey by tripping them and biting the neck. For some reason the height of arroganse part of your response made me chuckle since you responded to someone who named themself after a really tall animal. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 25, 2016: Pet ownership is horrifying isn't it? Accelerating from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in three seconds, the cheetah is the worlds fastest land mammal. Thanks for reading and commenting. you have given me hope on actually getting a pet wolf because a neighbor got a permit to have a pet wolf in town. What about those thousands of years for pet Cheetahs, were they are uncared for? Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on August 23, 2014: Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 23, 2014: Voted useful :). At the time, it was illegal to trade in cheetahs, so mostly they were considered pests and shot out of hand by the farmers who held livestock on the land the cheetahs roamed through. Establishing management strategies to mitigate human wildlife conflict; Increasing communal farmer participation (both conservancy and non-conservancy) in LCMAN; Gathering information and disseminating it with respect to all aspects of large carnivores, in particular HWC mitigation; Setting up and carrying out a national census on priority species; Assisting with and promoting national management plans and strategies for priority species; Assisting with the HWC situation in targeted priority and high conflict areas; and. Interesting! But if you really are for exotic pets then shame on you for sure. The keeping of cheetahs encourages the illegal wildlife trade. rutendomunyebvu@yahoo.com The play tree usually has a horizontal trunk or branches -- perfect for climbing and marking with urine and feces, the cheetah's calling card! Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on May 29, 2019: Madame Rose Peony , I believe it is illegal but the 'royals' get away with it. Cheetahs have round ears, and black markings running from the inside of the eye to the corner of the mouth, this pattern gives a “running makeup” look to the face. If you don't have the time commitment to do this, you can also just attend the zoo frequently and enjoy them. That's downright cruel. African servals are smaller and cheaper wild cats which closely resemble cheetahs. Obviously, this will not apply if you are a small child or around the same size as one, it's better to err on the side of caution. This article is about cheetahs, not exotic pets. It's been on the news recently that some experts think people should start keep quolls instead of cats as pets in Australia. Cheetahs are rare in the U.S. and are not even so common in zoological facilities because they are hard to breed and are not imported easily. Great hub! All Rights Reserved. One species that doesn't do well in captivity. the comment about the fox killing people is insane. Typically, these large cats weigh between 75 and 140 lbs. I think it would be dangerous to have a cheetah as I have a busy life. What we enjoy about wild animals is their freedom. She was small, and scruffy (not mangy, but fluffy in unexpected places), and she's on my top ten list of the most amazing things I've ever seen. All the so called experts i have seen so far , are complete airheads . Some of them might be able to be rewilded as they get older. Just the same as other pets like dogs, they are in need of their own species-specific stimulation and environmental enrichment. I met an abandoned cheetah (Tammy) who was raised with a dalmatian cub (Spot). If they do not get this proper care, they most often get very sick”, said Dr Laurie Marker, Chair of the LCMAN, and Founder and Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). This was a great read. There will always be people who want exotic pets. Anyone wanting a pet cheeta i do NOT Recommend it i live in south africa so i know these things. I would not want a cheetah. So the only thing to do is to obtain one even if it is illegal, who cares. A report must be filed with MET within 24 hours after capture. I don't know if I want them as pets. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Great hub; thank you for sharing. Only around 44% of zoological facilities attempting to breed the animals have succeeded, with only 20% of captive-bred and 15% wild-caught cheetahs reproducing. Traffickers smuggle cheetahs out through war-torn Somalia and across the Red Sea to conflict-ridden Yemen, where the animals can take one of … According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species they are not threatened in the wild and have sustainable, captive-bred populations. The top two would be viewing a total eclipse of the sun, and having a barbecue on a sand island in the middle of the Congo River. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on October 10, 2014: Thanks CheetahConserva. Here is a collection of the most popular cheetah names - the fastest mammals on Earth! We encourage visitors to see our facilities in person. Cheetahs are not an active threat to humans and are rather docile. Example of a cheetah breeding enclosure at Leo Zoological Conservation Center. nadja@cheetah.org That is true. In Nevada you don't even have to have a permit to get one. Disgusting- How about leaving all these animals alone ?? Yes, but it’s not simple.People have long kept cheetahs as pets as a symbol of wealth. They are also kept as pets by some of the rich in the United Arab Emirates. Yet just because it’s legal does not mean that owning a cheetah is easy, or a good idea. Also it would be illegal in my oppinion. A cheetah mother guards her cubs in against many threats in the wild, but she cannot prevent humans from taking them as pets. Servals arent Cheetah's no one offers any solutions its always a negative for every exotic pet like this, I read a few servals articles same thing. We are licensed breeders of big cats, and we currently have cubs of cheetah, tiger, white … Animal trainers Hein and Kim Schoeman have a video about their cheetahs which has recently gained popularity. The most prominent health issue seen in adult cheetahs and confiscated or rescued cubs held in registered facilities is malnutrition, which is accompanied by a variety of ailments such as bone deformities, stunted growth, irritable bowels, very low muscle mass, overweight, underweight, broken teeth, fractures, parasites and viruses. They never want to attack humans, unlike some dogs. The family raising their children side by side with child cheetahs. It is the fastest land animal, capable of running at 80 to 128 km/h (50 to 80 mph), and as such has several adaptations for speed, including a light build, long thin legs and a long tail. “(Cheetahs) do terribly in captivity,” said one vet, who has treated dozens of pet cheetahs over the past five years. Two photographers were in the right place at the right time to capture stunning photographs of cheetahs in Africa. Lots of work, but titally worth it. Melissa cares for a variety of exotic animals and has completed a certificate in veterinary assisting and a bachelor's degree in biology. Help us, help you to make a plan to live together”, said Dr Marker. Cubs are illegally captured from the wild and only one in six survives the journey to a potential buyer. I don't understand why people wouldn't be happy that you have a cheetah and that you're keeping it alive!?!?! Most captive cheetahs will inevitably be relinquished to authorities, voluntarily or involuntarily (if proper permits are not in place), and will then have to be placed with a registered organisation authorised to care for these animals. For those who live in the U.S. whose dreams of owning a cheetah have been crushed, don't fret: there are alternatives. Therefore, fears of cheetahs being dangerous beyond any other similar-sized animal with teeth are overblown, but there are other issues with cheetah ownership to be discussed below. By far the Cheetah has been considered the easiest of the exotic cats to tame. Animals that are treated like pets are very poor candidates for successful integration because the wild cat's critical period of development entails important non-replicable changes take place that adapt them to the demands of wild living (which exceed basic hunting skills). It's game locked over there. Cheetahs require very specific holding facilities and proper food (with vitamins and minerals found in a wild diet) to keep them in good health. 614 views View 3 Upvoters Don't condemn me for the illegal actions of others. American celebrities like Phyllis Gordon and Josephine Baker (both pictured above) traveled with them back when regulations were looser. so you can't own a cheetah anywhere in the United States? We visited the San Diego Zoo last year and watched them transfer a pair of cheetahs from their enclosure. While captive cheetahs often won't reach their top speed of 60mph in captivity due to a lack of conditioning, it is important to exercise them with short distance, quick-burst running. Let Kenya sell the ivory confiscated from poachers. They might seem like intimidating cats with their large teeth, a deadly stare, and that awesome sprinting speed but there are sides to cheetahs you do not know about. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 26, 2015: Voted up! The idiot pays, and a professional hunter/game ranger stands right behind the idiot to do the job that he would have done at no benefit to the animals had he merely culled it. I am refering to red fox,the most dangerous of all foxes,it's less social that fennec fox and more hostile. In their stupidity , all day long they count calories , vitamins , and plan the next drugging of the captive , to drag them to that creepy table for another medical check up . Cheetahs use "play trees" to meet other cheetahs in the wild. +264 81 227 5139, Fay Munyebvu Hence, this is why they are uncommon. For many people, cheetahs exemplify grace, agility and, although unwarranted, ferocity. However, cheetahs are not big fans of water and will only swim when necessary. “Cheetahs are among Namibia’s most precious resources. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on June 29, 2019: Do you know what is the world's most dangerous marsupial? Some of the reasons you state could be used as reasons not to. Working with the captive large carnivore sector as appropriate, including providing assistance to MET with registration of captive carnivores and the setting and monitoring of standards. Lovely animals :). When he eats enough bugs I'll get him a proper terrarium. If you know somebody who has a good position, then he is going to protect you," says Jaber. Jay C OBrien from Houston, TX USA on January 04, 2019: All I can say is that I love cheetahs to pieces and you know what as long as they are happy with you and you show them love and you're treating them good I see no reason that you shouldn't have a cheetah! It is advised to check first if you decide to own one. I believe the permission must be granted to general public on exceptional circumstances. Additionally, large carnivores are not allowed to have free contact with people for tourism activities. If you have trapped a predator in a box trap, call the National HWC Hotline +264 81 227 5139 and request assistance. The cheetas Are WILD Animals And should not be in homes So dont think of getting a pet cheeta. Are we done here? Wild animals should not be pets, period. Hello this article helped me a lot I want to be a big cat keeper and I was just wondering what would I major in/study to be that. A black tear mark runs from the inner corner of each eye down to the mouth. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on June 17, 2015: lyoness913-- I don't mean to be rude or offensive but that is not true. They also had a dog accompanying them, of which I inquired why? However, most younger cubs will never be able to go back into the wild, but even with release candidates there are huge struggles to find the appropriate land to release them, considering the safety of the cheetah and the people living there. Hundreds of cheetahs are smuggled from the Horn of Africa to Gulf countries each year, where they’re sold to the ultra-rich as pets. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on June 29, 2015: Tony, what do you mean by "who you know" policy? even to this day. The diet should consist of a specially prepared carnivore diet and whole prey with supplementation (vitamins A, D, and E), including bones to prevent the occurrence of focal palatine erosion, calcium deficiency, and other dental problems that can become life-threatening over time. A few others have also identified as such . Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on June 28, 2016: Not sure why you think you can't own one in the United States. Let ME live, and keep pets, because it is my passion. Most animals, including big cats, can be trained to some extent. MET has strict criteria for registering large carnivore holding facilities, including animals having annual veterinary check-ups and proper enclosure structures and sizes. They know their place in the predator hierarchy and do not 'bite off more than they can chew.' Thanks! They have very long legs, a long narrow tail for balance, and a deep chest that contains large lungs. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on October 14, 2014: That's right pateluday, live and let live. They treat them like lab rats .Then they wonder why they dont have cubs. These cats are lean and lanky, allowing them to reach incredible speeds. Generally though, cheetahs are the least dangerous of the group. If other animals at the zoo aren't to your preference or liking, or if you just aren't a zookeeper type willing to put up with the annoyances of non-domesticated animals, there are fully domesticated cat breeds with spots such as the Egyptian Mau. You can help save the cheetah from extinction. I'm glad my country (currently) doesn't have regulations like India for many exotic animals. While in the cage, please ensure the animal has access to shade and water. These wild tigers are likely to go extinct. I fight against zoo opposition. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on May 27, 2019: Madame Rose Peony I am unaware of a single incident involving a fox killing a child in the U.S., or even the world, in recent modern history. Even animal shelters and farms will work. Adult cheetahs are, on average, 30 inches (77 centimeters) tall at the shoulder, and 44 to 56 inches (112 to 142 cm) long from head to rump, with their tails adding another 26 to 33 inches (66 to 84 cm). ♪ born to be wild ♪ 7:42. Messy Nessy Chic Article: When Exotic Pets were the Accessory du Jour, 10 Exotic Pets that Pose No Threat to Public Safety, 10 Small Exotic Cats That Are Kept As Pets, The problems with keeping and breeding cheetahs in captivity, Volunteering opportunities to work with cheetahs, They were often the companions of the rich and high profile. Summer LeBlanc from USA on June 18, 2015: Melissa, the friend I am talking about lives in South Africa- I wish I could post a picture of one of her baby cheetahs for you. Not a natural environment, but closer than a zoo or a cage. But I love cheetahs at the zoo and there my favorite animal. madam peony... 300.000 people killed by foxes??? Taking tigers out of captivity doesn't replace habitat. Photography on our website is provided by generous supporters like Suzi Eszterhas, John and Angela Scott, Jennifer Leigh Warner, Craig Taylor, Vicky Morey, Andrew Harrington, Bobby Bradley, and many others. This can be accomplished with a mechanical lure. Credit: Karl-Heinz Wollert. A cheetah's teeth are small when compared with other big cats, which accommodates their larger nasal passages that enable quick air intake. What if it got out? This is a very interesting hub. Yet wild animals arent for everyone that I do agree, people like to humanize animals to much and that is where it becomes dangerious or unhealthy is they expect them to be like there pet retreiver or house cat, even with horses . However, cheetahs by most definitions do qualify as exotic pets, even within their home range. In states where they are legal, it's also still likely your county, city, or neighborhood association may not permit it. “The Ministry of Environment and Tourism condemns this unlawful practice and calls upon all Namibians to refrain from undertaking such activities. The annual cost for each captive cheetah is considerable. I would love to have one, I would pay so much money if they would let me have one. Among tigers, lions, and leopards, it's Cheetahs that are far safer to keep as pets. Summer LeBlanc from USA on June 17, 2015: A friend of mine has pet cheetahs (several) and she sells them after they are weaned. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on August 24, 2014: Michael K, many people say that to me. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on July 03, 2016: I certainly didn't say there were no restrictions...I wish. That is is really hypocritical. She makes a fortune from them! Luvtoo Write from Chicago, IL on February 19, 2014: Great Hub and very educational concerning the cheetah. Support our science-based, results-driven conservation initiatives. I very much wish that there was such a place to go to be around them and interact. As someone who loves wildlife, we would think you would want to share our philosophy of promoting good environmental stewardship. The Large Carnivore Association of Namibia (LCMAN) was formed in 2001 bringing together the stakeholders of Large Carnivores, including conservationists and researchers, farmers, hunters and the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. Cheetahs are very calm animals. Any animal would think of suicide , except the most petty pet - dogs . Cheetahs are a delicate species that can suffer from many health-related issues and require special food and care, as well as physical and mental stimulation. It is not in the best interest of the species as a whole to keep cheetahs as pets, unfortunately. More on this further down in the article. The cheetahs are supposedly being prepped for release into the wild. Marie Gail Stratford from Kansas City, MO on October 12, 2014: Interesting. From my experience with conservation, one of the best ways to promote environmental health and diversity, as well as protect threatened and endangered species, is to legalize and regulate the hunting/trading of them. We sell each cub with complete health papers from and approved vet., breeders guide manual and a 1 year health guarantee. Allan Philip from Toronto on May 14, 2015: Excellent Hub but I will think twice before cuddling a cheetah. You clear all my misconception about cheetah. Can you have a pet cheetah? At times, animal abuse occurs, with cheetahs being locked up in a garage or small cages for months with no access to sunlight. Such characteristics allow these runners to stretch th… Historically, emperors, kings, and. Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora In the wild, cheetah cubs stay with their mothers for 18 to 22 months to learn survival skills. Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 24, 2016: I have seen cheetahs on a safari in South Africa and they're really beautiful. I don't think a cheetah could be completely tame; like there'll always be some wild in there. Who is a responsible owner of exotic pets please explain? cheetahs are less aggressive comparing to lions, tigers... a lion can attack a person and might eat it because they're predator meanwhile cheetah may scratch or bite because they're defending them self, as i recall i watched documentary on wild animals as pet they said the exact thing. Not all do poorly, and those that don't can be pets. You had a good idea about being able to be around cheetahs by volunteering at a zoo but that idea is out. The surviving animals are sold indiscriminately to people who buy them solely to show them off, which alone may not be negative, but yields difficulty in allowing the cubs to receive the strict care standards they need. Although cheetahs can seem tame, their care is not like that of a typical dog and cat. in Exotic Pets. This is very informative and useful. The same lodge had 2.5 acre plots for each family of lions, one male and two females. It's far easier to breed a tiger than to go into the jungle and steal their cubs. Tigers, unlike cheetahs, breed very well in captivity. On top of that, the babies are often treated poorly on the way to their destination. Cheetahs are the only big cats that visitors allowed to have direct contact with in zoos without jeopardizing human life. They had them on leashes and walked right amongst the public. Yes pateluday, we should make the pet trade illegal so no responsible owners get to keep their pets. I have been working on the issue of illegal cheetah trafficking since 2005, and am sad to report that, on average, 5 out of 6 cheetahs died between the time they are taken illegally from the wild and the time they reach "the market" to be sold as pets. The most common misconception about keeping this big cat is its level of safety. Yes, you can buy captive bred cheetahs as long as they have the proper paperwork and vaccination records. cheetah cubs for sale. Hopefully, you can work your way up to a position where you can interact with them. Cheetahs are status symbols for the wealthy because they are expensive and often illegal to obtain. Your emotion won't stop me from getting exotic pets. Just because your passionate that does not give you a moral right to do as you wish. Cheetahs are very good mothers, caring for their young until the cubs reach maturity, usually between ages 2 and 3. Many of those he cared for did not survive. +264 81 375 6046. First of all you cant fully domesticate the cheeta theres always wild in it and if a cheeta seems domesticated its not its just trained to see humans not as a threat and allows them in there habitat. Our conservation principles, laws and policies restrict keeping any wildlife species under captivity or as pets. Also coming from a zoo whose founder got a zebra as a Valentine's day present. Not only is it against the law to keep a pet cheetah in Namibia, it is also detrimental to the animals. or indangered yes, maybe that's right with all these animals going extinct today it doesn't surprise me, I don't know why people have to mess with all the wonderful things in life for all the wrong reasons, yet I myself have always dreamed to own a wild animal. This article is complete nonsense . The living conditions the cheetahs have there are abhorent ,absolutely disgusting . It's better for them to go through channels that keep them in touch with the status of the animals in the wild and have their money go to protecting and proliferating the animals than avoiding the law and padding the pockets of poachers (Even though a lot of poachers are feeding and protecting starving African and Indian villages, so...). I think best place to keep cheetahs as pets would be either really big estate,ranch or farm, I am going to Dubai next year to ride with cheetah in a sports car, There have been many cases of human fatalities caused by foxes,mainly children,since children are small enough to be killed by a fox,reason for adult fatalities is rabies. Of course, it seems that the safest place for them is the wild where they won't be harmed on the way to market and where they can more easily breed. Cheetahs may be considered by some to be big cats, but viewing them as dangerous or violent is a huge misconception. Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals in the world, but are also good swimmers. Even when bonded to their owner(s) they will go from person to person without hesitation, interacting with strangers just as if they were its owner. Here in India we know the kind of trade in endangered birds, butterflies etc flourishes because of demand from other countries. i think this is very helpful. Recently, a confiscated cheetah cub had to undergo surgery to remove a toy rubber ball from its stomach. Off-track Thoroughbreds there is always discression with owning them in the wrong hands but in the right hands they are wonderful animals. Their heads are small with high-set eyes. Learn the difference. Seal Names: The 80 Most Popular Names for Seals ... At PetPress we love our pets of all shapes and sizes. The video startles viewers because, in it, the animals were allowed to interact with young children, then one and three years old. Some also develop abnormal behavioural issues due to being teased. LEO Zoological Conservation Center DOES NOT condone wild animals as pets, in fact, we educate against that daily. Cheetahs are a delicate species that can suffer from many health-related issues and require special food and care, as well as physical and mental stimulation. Cheetahs, though, have very specific needs. LCMAN’s objectives include: Our Research and Education Centre is located in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. That is the height of arrogance, particularly coming from a private zoo with numerous species that are not committed to any breeding programs and will never see the 'wild'. In this article, learn the following about cheetahs as pets and more: When the question “If you could have any pet in the world without consequence, what would it be?” is asked, a cheetah is a popular response. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on April 07, 2015: WhiteMuse if my cheetah got out I would fear for its life, not another person's. My articles are geared towards promoting exotic pet ownership. Corvallis Albany. Get a lot of hands on animal experience. Woman petting a docile cheetah in a reserve. The big cats are expensive, rare, and exotic pet animals, including big cats, can be trained to some extent. Melissa Orourke from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras on April 29, 2015: Interesting Hub, but I am one who prefers wild animals to live in the wild. Uday Patel from Jabalpur, MP, India on October 14, 2014: You are right being and independent person. Each litter of cheetah cubs taken from the wild is a step towards the species extinction in those areas. The big cats are expensive, rare, and exotic. One dream I am holding onto, would i be able to have a pet cheetah in Australia, or even monkey. Most cheetah pets can be found in the United Arab Emirates or Western Asian countries, and according to the classified listings we found, the prices were about $10,000 to $25,000 for just the animal. The San Diego zoo is a prime example of its "who you know" policy. They are nowhere near as dangerous as lions, tigers, leopards, and all other animals in this category. How dare you call what I am passionate about "repulsive" and declare that in order to be a 'good environmental steward' my philosophies need to comply with yours. If cheetahs survive cubhood, the adults still must be maintained on specific diets that address their nutritional needs or they will be at risk for malnourishment, which is a condition they often suffer from when they are removed from private homes. (34 to 64 kilograms), according to the Smithsonian.Cheetahs have long, thin bodies with long, powerful legs and a flexible spine. Regardless of the reason, people who take the cheetah cubs often change their minds and bring these cubs to one of the registered facilities; however, in many cases MET will take action. Shahad al-Jaber, 32, gives a kiss to her pet cheetah in Kuwait (MEE/Sebastian Castelier) By . It makes people aware that cheetahs are not pets and do not do well outside their natural environment. “Large carnivores, including cheetahs, do not make good pets. My maine coon would escape from the house just to play with his fox friend. What You Should Do If You Encounter Wild Cheetahs. Often, cubs are brought in that are one-year-old or younger and have not learned the skills they need to live in the wild. They inhabit the grasslands of eastern, central, and southwestern Africa, as well as a small portion of Iran. The keeping of exotic pets is very controversial, largely due to ignorance—many are uninformed about what an exotic pet actually is. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 15, 2017: Julia suderman: Biology or zoology. Thank you! Cheetahs have been in captivity for over 5,000 years and were first tamed by the Sumarians. Sorry to hear that. God gave us the cat. CCF is an international non-profit organization with fundraising operations located in: Australia, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, and United States, working in cooperation with staff and partners around the world. Akbar, a Mughal ruler of the 16th-century modern-day India, was said to have owned 9,000 cheetahs over 49 years. Tigers are hunted for their body parts, NOT the pet trade. After reading your article I understand. However, although there has been increasing success, there's an issue with this in that cheetahs breed very poorly in captivity. This habit has created massive illegal trade networks and large string of poachers all over the World. I do plan on going on an African Flying Safari, to see God's amazing creatures in a natural habitat. Cheetahs are better as pets than the other big cats - Lions, Tigers or Leopard. Scow2 -- I mostly agree. Only 7,500 cheetahs are left in the wild, with another 1,000 held captive in Gulf countries, and “those people who have cheetahs as a pet are causing the species to go extinct,” Marker said. I seldom have read a post from somebody this selfish .In 45 years of observing animals , the best keeper was.....Javier Bardem in " The counselor " . They said that the dog kept the cheetahs calm as they walked through the crowd. but cheetahs tend to have a comparatively tamer temperament than the others, largely due to their anatomy. I could not outrun them. If I misread this whole thing I apologize. Cheetahs are also sometimes poached in the wild to provide babies for the pet trade. Historically, emperors, kings, and pharaohs kept them as a sign of wealth. "Those people … But it only means stricter enforcement of law in our country in order to prevent rare and severely endangered species from being uprooted from their natural habitats. There are dogs that attack humans no one calls that a wild animal. Unless you're willing to give up your little spot of earth to enable the establishment of a "wildlife corridor", you need to support the people who are. A Lion or Tiger, even if hand-reared, is still a killer that can turn on you. ∆chrStiAns do noT fear us we Are your frieNds∆. According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, 104 cheetahs were "lost" to the pet trade in 2012. WINDHOEK, Namibia (15 Sept. 2018) – The keeping of cheetahs as pets or captive animals at farms and guest/hunting lodges in Namibia appears to have increased in the past couple of years as reported by several of the Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia (LCMAN) members. Note: If servals are illegal where you live, Savannah cats, which are hybrids of domesticated cats and servals may not be, depending on the generation (F1-F6). Yet if it is in the right conditions I do not see anything wrong with it, if they were such popular pets all those years ago why is it so different now. I have also seen many videos of cheetahs around humans and I wondered (since they are endangered) why there was no widespread attempt to domesticate them? Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on June 19, 2015: Oh, well I'm still not sure if they actually sell cheetahs as pets, I've never heard of such a thing. Often, cubs are received from farmers who have trapped or killed an adult due to human-wildlife conflict (HWC), only to discover later a nest of cubs. A domestic pet cheetah, therefore, is not privy to this training. If you're looking for information about cheetahs as pets, you've come to the right place. And the people who own cheetas in there homes are doing something really bad. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on January 03, 2015: G Ivanova -- Exotic animals have been kept in 'menageries' for centuries, mainly as a display of wealth I believe. Of course,rabies is dangerous if not treated IMMEDIATELLY,if you are bitten by a fox,and you are not sure if it has rabies or not,better to be safe than sorry,go to doctor to be on the safe side. Ever wondered what are the best names for cheetahs? People travel from all nations to visit Namibia to see our wildlife, and tourism is one of the highest contributors to our economy”, said Dr Marker. I never knew they were so docile to humans and you are right, there must not be too many in the United States, because I've never seen one at the zoo. LOL. You must have them confused with servals or Savannah cats. Cats heal for about 444 if you time Devour to kill the mob. I appreciate all the care and effort into this article, and that you went over the ethics in having exotic pets. Ya right, volunteer at a zoo. Cheetahs have never been domesticated; however, they have been kept as pets for thousands of years. Michael Kismet from Northern California on August 24, 2014: I'm sorry to be the one to say it, I just don't think it's entirely responsible to have a wild animal as a pet. You must feel that me and others are not good enough to do the same. Your just being selfish, putting your own wants ahead of the animals. Is this justified. In India permission is required to keep wild animals from Government Authority ZSI or some such institution. I for one would give anything to have a pet cheetah. The mane-like mantle of cheetah cubs disappears between three and six months -- the time when cubs are weaned. Cheetahs have slender, long-legged bodies with blunt, semi-retractable claws. Cheetahs could be dangerous. Yes well, there is always something wrong about owning wild animals always or exotic, even if most of this is true, every article you read whether it's a wolf dog, or a serval cat, or Cheetah or what wild animal there is always a reason why you can't own them.