Yes, but it’s not simple.People have long kept cheetahs as pets as a symbol of wealth. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on June 29, 2015: Tony, what do you mean by "who you know" policy? Historically, emperors, kings, and pharaohs kept them as a sign of wealth. If only we could selectively breed and domesticate the cheetah or cougar. As described above, the extremely poor breeding success of these cats make them unsustainable as pets. The keeping of cheetahs encourages the illegal wildlife trade. 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! Cheetahs have been considered through out history to be a sleek and beautiful cat. I enjoyed reading and learning about this topic. I believe the permission must be granted to general public on exceptional circumstances. Cheetahs are status symbols for the wealthy because they are expensive and often illegal to obtain. Cheetahs are the only animal of its class allowed to be in contact with humans in zoo habitats. Cheetahs should never be taken from the wild, and the practise is illegal according the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). 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 " . Most cheetahs held at registered Namibian facilities came in as orphaned or injured animals and are unable to hunt on their own. even to this day. even to this day. 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!! They are also kept as pets by some of the rich in the United Arab Emirates. Cats are very underrated and have an awesome self-heal, and it's better than another favorite pet, Chrominius, who only heals for 249. While in the cage, please ensure the animal has access to shade and water. We encourage visitors to see our facilities in person. 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 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. I don't know if I want them as pets. These wild tigers are likely to go extinct. I could not outrun them. 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. We sell each cub with complete health papers from and approved vet., breeders guide manual and a 1 year health guarantee. in Exotic Pets. In the wild, cheetah cubs stay with their mothers for 18 to 22 months to learn survival skills. So why not let them be in the wild where they can be happy? It has been shown that the welfare of cheetahs is enhanced if they can view their natural prey. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are many who have an interest in keeping these iconic animals as personal pets. It's been on the news recently that some experts think people should start keep quolls instead of cats as pets in Australia. When he eats enough bugs I'll get him a proper terrarium. 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. Animals are so misunderstood in so many ways and there are so many things that are overrated. 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. Melissa cares for a variety of exotic animals and has completed a certificate in veterinary assisting and a bachelor's degree in biology. Because we all know how making things illegal stops poachers and criminals from trading those illegal things. Is this justified. 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. And the people who own cheetas in there homes are doing something really bad. 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). If you're looking for information about cheetahs as pets, you've come to the right place. 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. These beauties are awesome battle pets too! the comment about the fox killing people is insane. I didn't expect to get a nice dose of elitism when I logged in today. But I love cheetahs at the zoo and there my favorite animal. This is regulation to see that things are done the right way. They never want to attack humans, unlike some dogs. We were taught not to do that. 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. (34 to 64 kilograms), according to the Smithsonian.Cheetahs have long, thin bodies with long, powerful legs and a flexible spine. and be just as healthy they are pretectors as well. A cheetah's teeth are small when compared with other big cats, which accommodates their larger nasal passages that enable quick air intake. There are two breeders within 250 miles of me with Cubs currently. The annual cost for each captive cheetah is considerable. Cheetah Cubs, Lion Cubs and Tiger Cubs available . Great hub! LEO Zoological Conservation Center DOES NOT condone wild animals as pets, in fact, we educate against that daily. 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. Tigers are hunted for their body parts, NOT the pet trade. Sometimes they are seen assisting hunters in African and Middle Eastern countries (although dogs perform this service just fine as well.). Cheetahs require very specific holding facilities and proper food (with vitamins and minerals found in a wild diet) to keep them in good health. While cheetahs live on average about 8 years in the wild, 17 years is not uncommon in captivity. 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. Among tigers, lions, and leopards, it's Cheetahs that are far safer to keep as pets. I appreciate all the care and effort into this article, and that you went over the ethics in having exotic pets. Tammy was wild, but Spot responded to humans and Tammy went where Spot went. While the pet cheetah trade is by no means the number one threat that the animals face against their wild populations, removing any animals from threatened populations, especially if the numbers are lower in a specific locale, could bring a significant impact. 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. 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. The living conditions the cheetahs have there are abhorent ,absolutely disgusting . Great article. This can be accomplished with a mechanical lure. Also coming from a zoo whose founder got a zebra as a Valentine's day present. 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 . Sorry to hear that. Traffickers smuggle cheetahs out through war-torn Somalia and across the Red Sea to conflict-ridden Yemen, where the animals can take one of … Just the same as other pets like dogs, they are in need of their own species-specific stimulation and environmental enrichment. What is the explanation for cheetahs being safer than other big cats? If I misread this whole thing I apologize. This is a very interesting article. I'm glad my country (currently) doesn't have regulations like India for many exotic animals. Get a lot of hands on animal experience. 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. Your just being selfish, putting your own wants ahead of the animals. In Nevada you don't even have to have a permit to get one. Historically, emperors, kings, and. Corvallis Albany. Support our science-based, results-driven conservation initiatives. For many people, cheetahs exemplify grace, agility and, although unwarranted, ferocity. Generally though, cheetahs are the least dangerous of the group. i think this is very helpful. So at this particular ranch, in South Africa, if you went for a hike Tammy and Spot usually came along. Woman petting a docile cheetah in a reserve. The mane-like mantle of cheetah cubs disappears between three and six months -- the time when cubs are weaned. Allan Philip from Toronto on May 14, 2015: Excellent Hub but I will think twice before cuddling a cheetah. LCMAN’s objectives include: Our Research and Education Centre is located in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. African servals are smaller and cheaper wild cats which closely resemble cheetahs. Seal Names: The 80 Most Popular Names for Seals ... At PetPress we love our pets of all shapes and sizes. That is is really hypocritical. There needs to be a modicum of reason employed in any discussion about animals. Many people ask if it is possible to obtain a pet cheetah. Disgusting- How about leaving all these animals alone ?? The video startles viewers because, in it, the animals were allowed to interact with young children, then one and three years old. Some of them might be able to be rewilded as they get older. 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. Please take our photo down. Here in India we know the kind of trade in endangered birds, butterflies etc flourishes because of demand from other countries. Two photographers were in the right place at the right time to capture stunning photographs of cheetahs in Africa. In states where they are legal, it's also still likely your county, city, or neighborhood association may not permit it. I own a serval and its great. A black tear mark runs from the inner corner of each eye down to the mouth. Are we done here? 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. Yes pateluday, we should make the pet trade illegal so no responsible owners get to keep their pets. Off-track Thoroughbreds there is always discression with owning them in the wrong hands but in the right hands they are wonderful animals. 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. Yes, you can buy captive bred cheetahs as long as they have the proper paperwork and vaccination records. "Those people … 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. The San Diego zoo is a prime example of its "who you know" policy. Recently, a confiscated cheetah cub had to undergo surgery to remove a toy rubber ball from its stomach. Cheetahs also typically flee if a human approaches them or makes direct eye contact, unlike other animals which may prepare to pounce instead. Wild animals should not be pets, period. Example of a cheetah breeding enclosure at Leo Zoological Conservation Center. Great hub; thank you for sharing. Cheetahs are also sometimes poached in the wild to provide babies for the pet trade. 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. 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. You clear all my misconception about cheetah. Credit: Karl-Heinz Wollert. Not a natural environment, but closer than a zoo or a cage. 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. A Lion or Tiger, even if hand-reared, is still a killer that can turn on you. 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. Not all do poorly, and those that don't can be pets. The big cats are expensive, rare, and exotic pet animals, including big cats, can be trained to some extent. It is not mentioned in this short clip why efforts were not made to reintroduce the cubs to the mother after they gained enough strength, or exposed to her and their siblings to avoid to problems associated with human imprinting. Hopefully, you can work your way up to a position where you can interact with them. This was a great read. 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. The family raising their children side by side with child cheetahs. Not only is it against the law to keep a pet cheetah in Namibia, it is also detrimental to the animals. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 25, 2016: Pet ownership is horrifying isn't it? I promote the keeping of any species that is sustainable as long as the welfare of that animal is adequate. Don't condemn me for the illegal actions of others. I fight against zoo opposition. Lovely animals :). +264 81 227 5139, Fay Munyebvu Here is a collection of the most popular cheetah names - the fastest mammals on Earth! Let Kenya sell the ivory confiscated from poachers. God gave us the cat. Uday Patel from Jabalpur, MP, India on October 14, 2014: You are right being and independent person. Those people make money to buy more land for lions by letting idiot dentists "hunt" an aged animal that is causing his pride damage. 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. Cheetahs are the only big cats that visitors allowed to have direct contact with in zoos without jeopardizing human life. A domestic pet cheetah, therefore, is not privy to this training. It is an issue of great concern as the cheetah populations in areas where the illegal taking happens are very small and isolated. 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. Some of the reasons you state could be used as reasons not to. “Please leave cheetahs where they belong, in the wild. This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Do you know how political zoos are. +264 81 375 6046. 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. If I want to keep cheetahs as pets,I'd go to Dubai,right? Ever wondered what are the best names for cheetahs? Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on June 29, 2019: Do you know what is the world's most dangerous marsupial? 614 views View 3 Upvoters Species of big cats you can legally own in different parts of the world, Snow Leopard-Central and South Asia,Siberia and Tibet, Mountain Lion (cougar)-North and South America, Jaguar-Southwestern US states,Central and South America, Foxes may be cute as young,but when they grow up,they become aggresive and dangerous to be kept as pets and can kill you. Furthermore, this practice is punishable by law and those found will be prosecuted or fined”, said Romeo Muyunda, MET’s Chief Public Relations Officer. So the only thing to do is to obtain one even if it is illegal, who cares. It's far easier to breed a tiger than to go into the jungle and steal their cubs. I have no idea where I stand on exotic pets, but I have a baby scorpion in a mayonnaise jar because my husband wanted to squish him when i found him in my bathtub. I do plan on going on an African Flying Safari, to see God's amazing creatures in a natural habitat. Thank you for this very informative article. 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. Also it would be illegal in my oppinion. All our Cheetah cubs are bottle-fed and raised in our home as home pets, so they are perfectly socialized and will make very good pets. It is not in the best interest of the species as a whole to keep cheetahs as pets, unfortunately. 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 owners claimed the cheetahs were adopted because they felt the mother could not care for them. Can you have a pet cheetah? You must feel that me and others are not good enough to do the same. 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). Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. They also had a dog accompanying them, of which I inquired why? They have very long legs, a long narrow tail for balance, and a deep chest that contains large lungs. 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. It would cull the black market, and innumerable communities of animals, and the people who make a living out of caring for them, would be way better off. More on this further down in the article. After the hike, Tammy and Spot happily went back to their enclosure, if I remember correctly, about 50x50m (about 0.625 acres). 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. There are a handful of organisations registered in Namibia that act as custodians for the MET and hold non-releasable cheetahs that have been confiscated. Lol. This is very informative and useful. Cheetahs could be dangerous. My articles are geared towards promoting exotic pet ownership. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on October 14, 2014: That's right pateluday, live and let live. Cheetahs have slender, long-legged bodies with blunt, semi-retractable claws. The most common misconception about keeping this big cat is its level of safety. Taking tigers out of captivity doesn't replace habitat. Such characteristics allow these runners to stretch th… 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. 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. The current cheetah population is around 12,000–15,000, down from the approximate 50,000 the count was at before human interference. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 26, 2015: Voted up! you have given me hope on actually getting a pet wolf because a neighbor got a permit to have a pet wolf in town. If you know somebody who has a good position, then he is going to protect you," says Jaber. Greats me at the door every day i come home and cuddles on the couch with us. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. You must have them confused with servals or Savannah cats. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on October 10, 2014: Thanks CheetahConserva. 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. Even animal shelters and farms will work. 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. That is true. 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. Cheetahs use "play trees" to meet other cheetahs in the wild. 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. Nadja le Roux At the very worst, keepers entering cheetah enclosures will arm themselves with very intimidating weaponry, such as brooms and rakes. Cheetahs may be considered by some to be big cats, but viewing them as dangerous or violent is a huge misconception. They inhabit the grasslands of eastern, central, and southwestern Africa, as well as a small portion of Iran. My best friend adores cheetahs, and her bucket list includes the wish to pet one someday. You can help save the cheetah from extinction. 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. There will always be people who want exotic pets. Another way for one to experience cheetahs up close is to volunteer at a zoo that has them. This habit has created massive illegal trade networks and large string of poachers all over the World. ... 200 Good and Famous Names for Kangaroos. Interesting! They know their place in the predator hierarchy and do not 'bite off more than they can chew.' American celebrities like Phyllis Gordon and Josephine Baker (both pictured above) traveled with them back when regulations were looser. Very informative article but I do not support this trend of keeping exotic animals and birds as pets. 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. This article is about cheetahs, not exotic 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. Animal trainers Hein and Kim Schoeman have a video about their cheetahs which has recently gained popularity. Even wild foxes either ran from or played with my cats. This is a very interesting hub. 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. he was really pretty. After reading your article I understand. I for one would give anything to have a pet cheetah. Hence, this is why they are uncommon. 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. Puzzles Giraffe-- I'm taken aback by your rudeness. If the condition of the animal is not good, it will be destroyed. However, cheetahs by most definitions do qualify as exotic pets, even within their home range. The cheetahs are supposedly being prepped for release into the wild. Your money will be put to good use for conservation of the species. “(Cheetahs) do terribly in captivity,” said one vet, who has treated dozens of pet cheetahs over the past five years. I would love to have one, I would pay so much money if they would let me have one. It is no different from ivory - only an outright ban will help to preserve the species. Kristopher Billingsley from Tulsa, OK on September 27, 2015: Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on September 25, 2015: Error has been corrected. Cheetahs are very calm animals. However, this is rare in the US due to strict regulations and the difficulty in importing cheetahs. Cubs are illegally captured from the wild and only one in six survives the journey to a potential buyer. There is a power and a majesty in these animals, if you're lucky enough to see them in a non-zoo environment. “Large carnivores, including cheetahs, do not make good pets. They were often the companions of the rich and high profile. 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. 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'. This actually hurts wild tiger populations, very much like it hurts wild cheetah numbers. Yes. By far the Cheetah has been considered the easiest of the exotic cats to tame. Copyright Melissa Smith. madam peony... 300.000 people killed by foxes??? We are licensed breeders of big cats, and we currently have cubs of cheetah, tiger, white … I think it would be dangerous to have a cheetah as I have a busy life. One species that doesn't do well in captivity. They'd rather see it go in the wild and get killed by lions or leopards or hyenas. Ya right, volunteer at a zoo. Cheetahs have been in captivity for over 5,000 years and were first tamed by the Sumarians. Adults have yellow or tan short, coarse fur with solid black round or oval spots measuring 0.75 to 1.… Simply put, if you are an average-sized adult, cheetahs do not see you as prey. Who is a responsible owner of exotic pets please explain? If you have trapped a predator in a box trap, call the National HWC Hotline +264 81 227 5139 and request assistance. Lots of work, but titally worth it. 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. Yes, I'm bragging about my incredible luck. The ranch apparently still exists, I just googled them. 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.❤️. 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. 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. However, cheetahs are not big fans of water and will only swim when necessary. 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. What about those thousands of years for pet Cheetahs, were they are uncared for? I remember thinking that as a choice of death, it would be an honour and a privilege to be eaten by such a magnificent animal. 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. 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. The habitat of wild tigers has been permanently decimated and each individual animal needs a certain amount of territory to survive. 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. 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. Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals in the world, but are also good swimmers. I would not want a cheetah. 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. Live and Let Live! Marie Gail Stratford from Kansas City, MO on October 12, 2014: Interesting. These animals require a committed owner who is willing to endure possible house destruction in addition to providing an outdoor enclosure. Tigers, unlike cheetahs, breed very well 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. Summer LeBlanc from USA on June 17, 2015: A friend of mine has pet cheetahs (several) and she sells them after they are weaned. If you don't have the time commitment to do this, you can also just attend the zoo frequently and enjoy them. Additionally, large carnivores are not allowed to have free contact with people for tourism activities. She makes a fortune from them! but cheetahs tend to have a comparatively tamer temperament than the others, largely due to their anatomy. “Large carnivores, including cheetahs, do not make good pets. There are dogs that attack humans no one calls that a wild animal. On top of that, the babies are often treated poorly on the way to their destination. I had no idea that these cats consider grown humans too large to be prey. What You Should Do If You Encounter Wild Cheetahs. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 15, 2017: Julia suderman: Biology or zoology. House cats mark their terrotory when they are not fixed, no one calls that wild. As someone who loves wildlife, we would think you would want to share our philosophy of promoting good environmental stewardship. but cheetahs tend to have a comparatively tamer temperament than the others, largely due to their anatomy. Some also develop abnormal behavioural issues due to being teased. People have long kept cheetahs as pets as a symbol of wealth. “The Ministry of Environment and Tourism condemns this unlawful practice and calls upon all Namibians to refrain from undertaking such activities. 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. 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. 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. We have noticed you somehow obtained a photo of our nonprofit conservation center (by the way, this is NOT a cheetah enclosure). That's downright cruel. Cheetahs have never been domesticated; however, they have been kept as pets for thousands of years. Allan Philip from Toronto on April 27, 2015: That's the closest have been to a Cheetah. They are popular on the black market because they are ridiculously hard to breed, requiring a lot of space. I am sicked by your comment. Marchesa Casati with pet cheetah (1912) Picture: Courtesy of Ryersson and Yaccarino/The Casati Archives. Let me just say that you have a better chance getting hired at a zoo than buying a cheetah in the U.S., no matter who you are. 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. 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. 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. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on August 24, 2014: Michael K, many people say that to me. The keeping of exotic pets is very controversial, largely due to ignorance—many are uninformed about what an exotic pet actually is. I am refering to red fox,the most dangerous of all foxes,it's less social that fennec fox and more hostile. 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? One dream I am holding onto, would i be able to have a pet cheetah in Australia, or even monkey. I don't think a cheetah could be completely tame; like there'll always be some wild in there. What we enjoy about wild animals is their freedom. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on July 03, 2016: I certainly didn't say there were no restrictions...I wish. As one would expect, exercise is also important. I do not think that there is harm in owning these animals the right way. Akbar, a Mughal ruler of the 16th-century modern-day India, was said to have owned 9,000 cheetahs over 49 years. Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora I don't support zoos either. My thinking was that domestication might save the species. Cheetahs, though, have very specific needs. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on August 23, 2014: Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on August 23, 2014: Voted useful :). Cheetah Conservation Fund from Otjiwarongo, Namibia on October 09, 2014: I was pleasantly surprised to read your info about cheetah pets. However, although there has been increasing success, there's an issue with this in that cheetahs breed very poorly in captivity. I very much wish that there was such a place to go to be around them and interact. cheetah cubs for sale. Many of those he cared for did not survive. They had them on leashes and walked right amongst the public. A report must be filed with MET within 24 hours after capture. Cats heal for about 444 if you time Devour to kill the mob. They said that the dog kept the cheetahs calm as they walked through the crowd. African servals are only legal without special permits in about five states, and even that number is decreasing. Anyone wanting a pet cheeta i do NOT Recommend it i live in south africa so i know these things. These cats are lean and lanky, allowing them to reach incredible speeds. Infant mortality is around 37 percent due to low sperm count and other abnormalities, which result from varying factors of insufficient husbandry standards. It's one thing to eat an animal, but to feed it and care for it? The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat native to Africa and central Iran. Any animal would think of suicide , except the most petty pet - dogs . 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 . In India permission is required to keep wild animals from Government Authority ZSI or some such institution. All Rights Reserved. And then in the comments you say your glad there are no restrictions where you live to own wild animals. They have tan-colored fur with solid black, round spots. 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. At times, animal abuse occurs, with cheetahs being locked up in a garage or small cages for months with no access to sunlight. Cheetahs belong in the wild. You had a good idea about being able to be around cheetahs by volunteering at a zoo but that idea is out. Read on to learn about the reasons for this. It's game locked over there. 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). A cheetah mother guards her cubs in against many threats in the wild, but she cannot prevent humans from taking them as pets. Their heads are small with high-set eyes. I don't understand why people wouldn't be happy that you have a cheetah and that you're keeping it alive!?!?! 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). Scow2 -- I mostly agree. Thanks for reading and commenting. Luvtoo Write from Chicago, IL on February 19, 2014: Great Hub and very educational concerning the cheetah. Learn the difference. I had no idea cheetahs have been considered pets for that long, I literally thought it was some new trend that was recently started. 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. 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...). 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. I do support 'wild' animal ownership, and I AM a 'wild' animal owner. MET has strict criteria for registering large carnivore holding facilities, including animals having annual veterinary check-ups and proper enclosure structures and sizes. Cheetahs are better as pets than the other big cats - Lions, Tigers or Leopard. Your emotion won't stop me from getting exotic pets. 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. The idea of promoting cheetahs as pets is not only repulsive but completely irresponsible. The "More tigers in captivity than in the wild" is not a bad thing, either, as long as the tigers are thriving in captivity. Just because your passionate that does not give you a moral right to do as you wish. Let ME live, and keep pets, because it is my passion. Cheetahs are very good mothers, caring for their young until the cubs reach maturity, usually between ages 2 and 3. 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. However, cheetahs are wild animals and you should never attempt to touch a wild cheetah, both for the safety of the cheetah and for your own personal well-being. If handled properly they are very sweet and good natured. You can look into owning a cheetah-lookalike, legally. 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. We visited the San Diego Zoo last year and watched them transfer a pair of cheetahs from their enclosure. But if you really are for exotic pets then shame on you for sure. A few others have also identified as such . 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. “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 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. A clear example is the captive tigers that now outnumber tigers that are in the wild. 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. What if it got out? 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. 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. “Cheetahs are among Namibia’s most precious resources. This article is complete nonsense . 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. 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. 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. All the so called experts i have seen so far , are complete airheads . There are and -always will be- more tigers in captivity than in the wild. Each litter of cheetah cubs taken from the wild is a step towards the species extinction in those areas. Cheetahs are not an active threat to humans and are rather docile. Wild cats can often be destructive in the home, and they are prone to urine spraying. While this article does NOT promote cheetahs as pets "It is not in the best interest of the species as a whole to keep cheetahs as pets, unfortunately." Cheetahs, which weigh around 100 pounds, do not possess the muscular bulk of other big cats and have smaller heads. The cubs, as previously described, are very hard to care for. 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). The play tree usually has a horizontal trunk or branches -- perfect for climbing and marking with urine and feces, the cheetah's calling card! Accelerating from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in three seconds, the cheetah is the worlds fastest land mammal. LOL. Cheetahs have never been domesticated; however, they have been kept as pets for thousands of years. 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. Cheetahs have been traditionally used for hunting in the past. 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. 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. 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. Although cheetahs can seem tame, their care is not like that of a typical dog and cat. ∆chrStiAns do noT fear us we Are your frieNds∆. For those who live in the U.S. whose dreams of owning a cheetah have been crushed, don't fret: there are alternatives. 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. The same lodge had 2.5 acre plots for each family of lions, one male and two females. Zoos are not different than prisons ,which are meant to ruin your life , to help promote death from natural causes , sometime sooner . Please let me know if you post any pictures. Yet cats do it all the time. My maine coon would escape from the house just to play with his fox friend. 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. I just do not understand people, even with house cats people think that they are all so different but house cats have their ways too, why is it that cats do not have to eat whole prey? 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. so you can't own a cheetah anywhere in the United States? The cheetas Are WILD Animals And should not be in homes So dont think of getting a pet cheeta. The problem is that Cheetahs are dwindling in captivity, so they're going extinct on two fronts. ♪ born to be wild ♪ 7:42. Our conservation principles, laws and policies restrict keeping any wildlife species under captivity or as pets. Together, we can save the cheetah. They are nowhere near as dangerous as lions, tigers, leopards, and all other animals in this category. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species they are not threatened in the wild and have sustainable, captive-bred populations. Thank you! According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund, 104 cheetahs were "lost" to the pet trade in 2012. 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. I met an abandoned cheetah (Tammy) who was raised with a dalmatian cub (Spot). They treat them like lab rats .Then they wonder why they dont have cubs. The big cats are expensive, rare, and exotic. Typically, these large cats weigh between 75 and 140 lbs. I know it seems fun. 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. It is pointless to pet them and care for them if they are going to die anyway. Help us, help you to make a plan to live together”, said Dr Marker. It is advised to check first if you decide to own one. Lions have even been known to take down small elephants in groups, and tigers, which are solitary hunters, can take down large water buffalo by themselves. Most Gulf owners do not know how to care for the cats, and the majority of captive cheetahs die within a year or two, experts told CNN. Yet just because it’s legal does not mean that owning a cheetah is easy, or a good idea. Most animals, including big cats, can be trained to some extent. I'd like to OWN you as a pet. I start with Rake, then Claw if the pet isn't low enough to kill with Devour, which hits twice. Thanks! Cheetahs are ordinarily solitary animals, preferring to venture about on their own unless caring for cubs.