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Asiatic Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) – Iran
The Asiatic Cheetah, scientifically known as Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, represents an icon of speed and grace in the vast deserts and plains of Iran. These slender and agile big cats are famous for their distinctive appearance, featuring tawny fur marked with small, solid black spots and a series of unique facial tear stripes. They are the last remaining population of cheetahs in Asia, symbolizing the unique biodiversity of Iran. These Asiatic Cheetah rely on their incredible speed and stealth to hunt small to medium-sized prey, primarily gazelles. However, habitat loss, human encroachment, and poaching have driven them to the brink of extinction. Conservation efforts are critical to preserving this majestic species and the natural heritage of Iran.