Introduction – International Cheetah Day is observed every year on December 2 all around the world to spread awareness about the threat of extinction of cheetah. The main purpose of this global day is to encourage people for conserving forests and wildlife.
The cheetah runs 70mph (110km/h) which is equivalent to the speed of a car on the highway and reaches the top speed in only 3 seconds. That’s why the cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. Cheetahs are carnivorous that feed mostly on fresh meat of grass-eating animals.
History – Dr. Laurie Marker introduced International Cheetah Day in December 2010. The celebration of this international day is to remember a cheetah cub named Khayam. Khayam was a cheetah, a wild animal and was trained for the first study project in rewilding. Dr. Marker took Khayam to Namibia for the research project in the year 1977. He also introduced CCF (Cheetah Conservation Fund) and relocated to Namibia for mitigating the problem of the conflict between farmer and cheetah in the year 1990.
Dr. Marker dedicated her life for cheetahs and chose December 4 as a date to celebrate Khayam’s birthday as an International Cheetah Day. The main purpose of this day is that the whole world joins together in the celebration of Cheetahs.
Significance – This international day is celebrated to conserve cheetahs and forests all over the world. Now, the trees are rapidly cut due to industrialization and making roads or colonies. Humans also hunt animals including cheetahs for their skin to earn more money so that the population of this wild animal decreases worldwide. The main goal of this day is to conserve and increase the number of cheetahs globally. On this day, the governments of countries will take steps to save cheetahs and forests worldwide. If the area of forests increases by planting trees that is also beneficial for the environment and increases the number of endangered animals including cheetah.