About This Report

The following report contains the progress report of activities and projects accomplished by the Iranian Cheetah Society in 2019-2020. It also covers the activities that were undertaken in early 2021. In the end, you will be informed about our goals for 2021.
Our great gratitude to all of our friends, sponsors, and donors from all around the world who made our mission possible with their support.

Message from CEO

Since 2016, with the decline in the Asiatic Cheetah population, the ICS tried to cancel most of its projects dealing with other carnivores and dedicated its human and financial resources to save the Asiatic cheetah.

Unfortunately, similar to previous years, the camera traps and reports from the rangers and local people showed decreasing signs of the presence of the Asiatic cheetah in 2018. As a result, the ICS got more active in ex-situ conservation. In a situation where the in situ conservation activities have been inefficient for the last 20 years, the need to follow up on the captive breeding project in parallel is the only way to save the last individuals of this species.

In 2019 and 2020, the ICS was successful in adding this type of conservation to its previous habitat activities., With the help of its South African partners, the ICS tried to be a facilitator and not an administrator of the ex-situ project. Equipment and scientific consultancy concerning captive breeding in semi-natural habitats based on South African experiences, was provided to the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A project which faced many scientific, technical, and executive difficulties.

In this report, you will not only get familiar with 2019 and 2020 ICS activities for cheetah habitat conservation but you will also be informed about the role the ICS played as a facilitator and consultant for the captive breeding project.

ICS considers these past two years as its most successful ones since its establishment. A year in which, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, economical turbulences, and the daily increase of US sanctions, the ICS experienced activity growth. This year, the ICS`s first goal was to focus on activities that directly led to cheetah conservation.

Last but not least, the ICS wants to thank the national and international sponsors who helped us with conservation activities. Also, we are thankful for the executive team, experts, and our volunteers, because without them, we couldn’t do what we do. You can see the list of sponsors at the end of the report.

-Morteza Pourmirzai


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