Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cheetahs Cheat for Diversity

A study by the Serengeti Cheetah Project has shown that female cheetahs mate with different fathers. This poses a serious threat to females due to the increase exposure to diseases, while making them more vulnerable to predation because of the long distances they must travel to find males. However, the fact that nearly half of their litters are fathered by multiple males is great news in that it increases their chance of survival through genetic diversity.
Cheetahs are declining in numbers, and adult population is estimated at 10,000.
for full story at inthenews

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