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10 animals on the verge of extinction

Baby cheetah

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Cheetahs

Do you recognize any patterns? We're good at killing big cats. Cheetahs are fast, but they might not be able to outrun extinction. The cat that can accelerate faster than a muscle car isn't adaptable to habitat change and has recently suffered from genetic degradation due to inbreeding. It's estimated that about 12,000 cheetahs remain the wild. They have a high infant mortality rate and are losing more habitat every year.