Cheetahs, though, have very specific needs. They had them on leashes and walked right amongst the public. By far the Cheetah has been considered the easiest of the exotic cats to tame. She makes a fortune from them! It's been on the news recently that some experts think people should start keep quolls instead of cats as pets in Australia. nadja@cheetah.org As described above, the extremely poor breeding success of these cats make them unsustainable as pets. Most cheetahs held at registered Namibian facilities came in as orphaned or injured animals and are unable to hunt on their own. Just because your passionate that does not give you a moral right to do as you wish. This habit has created massive illegal trade networks and large string of poachers all over the World. even to this day. These wild tigers are likely to go extinct. Marchesa Casati with pet cheetah (1912) Picture: Courtesy of Ryersson and Yaccarino/The Casati Archives. The habitat of wild tigers has been permanently decimated and each individual animal needs a certain amount of territory to survive. And the people who own cheetas in there homes are doing something really bad. The cubs, as previously described, are very hard to care for. Cheetahs have been considered through out history to be a sleek and beautiful cat. They know their place in the predator hierarchy and do not 'bite off more than they can chew.' 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. 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. On top of that, the babies are often treated poorly on the way to their destination. You must have them confused with servals or Savannah cats. 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. Cheetahs belong in the wild. 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. Cheetahs are the only big cats that visitors allowed to have direct contact with in zoos without jeopardizing human life. However, cheetahs are not big fans of water and will only swim when necessary. Cheetahs are the fastest land mammals in the world, but are also good swimmers. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on July 03, 2016: I certainly didn't say there were no restrictions...I wish. 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. The cheetahs are supposedly being prepped for release into the wild. Lol. 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!! Cheetahs have never been domesticated; however, they have been kept as pets for thousands of years. 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. What about those thousands of years for pet Cheetahs, were they are uncared for? 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." As one would expect, exercise is also important. Their heads are small with high-set eyes. Puzzles Giraffe-- I'm taken aback by your rudeness. More on this further down in the article. There are and -always will be- more tigers in captivity than in the wild. My maine coon would escape from the house just to play with his fox friend. LCMAN’s objectives include: Our Research and Education Centre is located in Otjiwarongo, Namibia. you have given me hope on actually getting a pet wolf because a neighbor got a permit to have a pet wolf in town. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are many who have an interest in keeping these iconic animals as personal pets. 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. 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. And then in the comments you say your glad there are no restrictions where you live to own wild animals. It's one thing to eat an animal, but to feed it and care for it? This is very informative and useful. I would love to have one, I would pay so much money if they would let me have one. 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. Cheetahs use "play trees" to meet other cheetahs in the wild. However, this is rare in the US due to strict regulations and the difficulty in importing cheetahs. 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. Cheetahs are very good mothers, caring for their young until the cubs reach maturity, usually between ages 2 and 3. Cheetahs are ordinarily solitary animals, preferring to venture about on their own unless caring for cubs. Do you know how political zoos are. I don't think a cheetah could be completely tame; like there'll always be some wild in there. 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.❤️. Allan Philip from Toronto on May 14, 2015: Excellent Hub but I will think twice before cuddling a cheetah. 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. But if you really are for exotic pets then shame on you for sure. This is regulation to see that things are done the right way. but cheetahs tend to have a comparatively tamer temperament than the others, largely due to their anatomy. However, although there has been increasing success, there's an issue with this in that cheetahs breed very poorly in captivity. 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. 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. ∆chrStiAns do noT fear us we Are your frieNds∆. Zoos are not different than prisons ,which are meant to ruin your life , to help promote death from natural causes , sometime sooner . 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. If you have trapped a predator in a box trap, call the National HWC Hotline +264 81 227 5139 and request assistance. Yet just because it’s legal does not mean that owning a cheetah is easy, or a good idea. Corvallis Albany. Are we done here? Is this justified. 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 January 03, 2015: G Ivanova -- Exotic animals have been kept in 'menageries' for centuries, mainly as a display of wealth I believe. I had no idea that these cats consider grown humans too large to be prey. Off-track Thoroughbreds there is always discression with owning them in the wrong hands but in the right hands they are wonderful animals. so you can't own a cheetah anywhere in the United States? 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. My best friend adores cheetahs, and her bucket list includes the wish to pet one someday. Cats heal for about 444 if you time Devour to kill the mob. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on August 24, 2014: Michael K, many people say that to me. 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. “Large carnivores, including cheetahs, do not make good pets. Animals are so misunderstood in so many ways and there are so many things that are overrated. They are nowhere near as dangerous as lions, tigers, leopards, and all other animals in this category. It is advised to check first if you decide to own one. Wild cats can often be destructive in the home, and they are prone to urine spraying. But I love cheetahs at the zoo and there my favorite animal. People have long kept cheetahs as pets as a symbol of wealth. 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. Even animal shelters and farms will work. Support our science-based, results-driven conservation initiatives. 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. 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. 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 . We are licensed breeders of big cats, and we currently have cubs of cheetah, tiger, white … LEO Zoological Conservation Center DOES NOT condone wild animals as pets, in fact, we educate against that daily. Cheetahs should never be taken from the wild, and the practise is illegal according the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET). 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. 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. “Large carnivores, including cheetahs, do not make good pets. Please take our photo down. he was really pretty. Please let me know if you post any pictures. I do not think that there is harm in owning these animals the right way. 614 views View 3 Upvoters Not only is it against the law to keep a pet cheetah in Namibia, it is also detrimental to the animals. I believe the permission must be granted to general public on exceptional circumstances. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on October 14, 2014: That's right pateluday, live and let live. 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. You can help save the cheetah from extinction. 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. For those who live in the U.S. whose dreams of owning a cheetah have been crushed, don't fret: there are alternatives. I for one would give anything to have a pet cheetah. 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 have never been domesticated; however, they have been kept as pets for thousands of years. 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. 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. 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. American celebrities like Phyllis Gordon and Josephine Baker (both pictured above) traveled with them back when regulations were looser. 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. If you don't have the time commitment to do this, you can also just attend the zoo frequently and enjoy them. Summer LeBlanc from USA on June 17, 2015: A friend of mine has pet cheetahs (several) and she sells them after they are weaned. Anyone wanting a pet cheeta i do NOT Recommend it i live in south africa so i know these things. Nadja le Roux The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a large cat native to Africa and central Iran. You must feel that me and others are not good enough to do the same. The San Diego zoo is a prime example of its "who you know" policy. I could not outrun them. For many people, cheetahs exemplify grace, agility and, although unwarranted, ferocity. African servals are only legal without special permits in about five states, and even that number is decreasing. Cheetahs require very specific holding facilities and proper food (with vitamins and minerals found in a wild diet) to keep them in good health. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on March 15, 2017: Julia suderman: Biology or zoology. Typically, these large cats weigh between 75 and 140 lbs. 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. i think this is very helpful. What You Should Do If You Encounter Wild Cheetahs. Your money will be put to good use for conservation of the species. Historically, emperors, kings, and. Those people make money to buy more land for lions by letting idiot dentists "hunt" an aged animal that is causing his pride damage. Lots of work, but titally worth it. 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. ... 200 Good and Famous Names for Kangaroos. If only we could selectively breed and domesticate the cheetah or cougar. Some of them might be able to be rewilded as they get older. Let ME live, and keep pets, because it is my passion. Cheetahs also typically flee if a human approaches them or makes direct eye contact, unlike other animals which may prepare to pounce instead. It's far easier to breed a tiger than to go into the jungle and steal their cubs. "Those people … I do plan on going on an African Flying Safari, to see God's amazing creatures in a natural habitat. Melissa cares for a variety of exotic animals and has completed a certificate in veterinary assisting and a bachelor's degree in biology. 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. Thanks for reading and commenting. I very much wish that there was such a place to go to be around them and interact. A few others have also identified as such . 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. The big cats are expensive, rare, and exotic. In India permission is required to keep wild animals from Government Authority ZSI or some such institution. Get a lot of hands on animal experience. Taking tigers out of captivity doesn't replace habitat. 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. The keeping of cheetahs encourages the illegal wildlife trade. Scow2 -- I mostly agree. They inhabit the grasslands of eastern, central, and southwestern Africa, as well as a small portion of Iran. Example of a cheetah breeding enclosure at Leo Zoological Conservation Center. even to this day. There are dogs that attack humans no one calls that a wild animal. 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. Cats are very underrated and have an awesome self-heal, and it's better than another favorite pet, Chrominius, who only heals for 249. Marie Gail Stratford from Kansas City, MO on October 12, 2014: Interesting. The family raising their children side by side with child cheetahs. 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. Seal Names: The 80 Most Popular Names for Seals ... At PetPress we love our pets of all shapes and sizes. 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. 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 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. While in the cage, please ensure the animal has access to shade and water. Yes, but it’s not simple.People have long kept cheetahs as pets as a symbol of wealth. I enjoyed reading and learning about this topic. Woman petting a docile cheetah in a reserve. House cats mark their terrotory when they are not fixed, no one calls that wild. Even wild foxes either ran from or played with my cats. 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