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11 animals on the verge of extinction

By: Shea Gunther on Aug. 22, 2016, 5:03 p.m.
A cheetah growls in a wildlife preserve

Photo: Martchan/Shuttetstock

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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 6,676 cheetahs remain the wild. They have a high infant mortality rate and are losing more habitat every year.