Cheetah Added to Endangered Species List
The Cheetah is actually extinct in 18 countries already due to habitat loss, over hunting and no captive breeding programme to help bring the numbers back up.
The numbers of Cheetahs in the wild have declined by about 90 percent over the past 100 years. It is suspected that less than 10,000 adults live wild in Africa and only about 50 in Asia - naturally habitat loss and over hunting are to blame for the problem.
Officials are meeting with each other around the world to try and solve the issue of what to do about the disappearing species, and trying to get together a plan of how best to save them, but it is easier said than done when not all the governments around the world will comply.
100 governments and 70 non-governmental organisations met in Rome last week for the ninth Conference of the Parties to the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory
Species of Wild Animals to discuss improved conservation for species.
Several resolutions were adopted including one to reduce noise pollution from vessels and other sources, especially in habitat sensitive for whales, dolphins and other marine species.
Climate change will also receive increased attention over the next years.