Chasing Cheetahs: The Race to Save Africa's Fastest Cat.pdf
Praise for books written by Sy Montgomery with photographs by Nic Bishop: Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot, Sibert Medal Winner
"Montgomery is careful to show that research takes time and effort." —Horn Book
Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea, Sibert Honor*"Exemplary description of science field work." — Booklist , starred review *"Another commendable title." — Publisher’s Weekly , starred review "Montgomery's friendliness and curiosity set the tone...Bishop's photography, is, as always, outstanding." — Horn Book
The Tarantula Scientist, Sibert Honor* "Wow." — The Bulletin , starred review * "A treat, even for arachophobes."— School Library Journal, starred review * "Another stellar excursion into the world of working scientists."— Kirkus Reviews, starred review The Snake Scientist*"Outstanding." — School Library Journal , starred review *"Fascinating."— Booklist, starred review * "Excellent and imaginative." — The Bulletin
Since the year 1900, cheetah footprints quickly dwindled in African dirt as the species plummeted from more than 100,000 to fewer than 10,000. At the Cheetah Conservation Fund's (CCF) African headquarters in Namibia, Laurie Marker and her team save these stunning, swift, and slender creatures from extinction. Since the organization's start in 1990, they've rescued more than 900 cheetahs, most of whom have been returned to the wild.
But this arduous challenge continues. For most African livestock farmers, cheetahs are the last thing they want to see on their properties. In the 1980s, as many as 19 cheetahs per farmer died each year. Cheetahs were considered vermin--but, in learning more about this magnificent species, we know this is far from true.
Today, CCF acts as a liaison between the farmers and the cheetahs, in order to promote cohabitation in an ecosystem that cannot thrive without the existence of the precious and predatory cheetah. On a wild ride through the African wilderness--sometimes sniffing out scents left in the dirt--Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop join CCF in studying the cheetah's ecological, genetic, and behavioral patterns in order to chase down the fastest animal on land and save the species--before it is too late.