JAJROM, Jan. 07 (MNA) – Director General of Environmental Protection Department in North Khorasan has announced a recent sighting of a female Asiatic cheetah and her cub at Miandasht Wildlife Refuge in Jajrom County.
Ali Asghar Motahari told Mehr News that rangers of Miandasht Wildlife Refuge had managed to sight a female Asiatic cheetah together with her six-month cub one kilometer from Doshakh Environmental Monitoring located at this reserve.
“One hour after this sighting by environmental officers, the same cheetah and her cub were sighted by a group of cattle ranchers near the Asiatic Cheetah Research Site,” he said.
Motahari also maintained that two days prior to this sighting, three other adult cheetahs were sighted by the locals some kilometers to the eastern border of Miandasht, and immediately reported to Jajrom Department of Environment.
“Miandasht Wildlife Refuge is home to the highest number of Asiatic Cheetahs in Iran based on the scope of the area,” said Motahari, noting that Miandasht Wildlife Refuge is considered one of the most important reserves for Asiatic Cheetahs in Iran.
Miandasht Wildlife Refuge is a reserve in northeastern Iran. It comprises 844 square kilometers of semi desert and shrub land and is home to the endangered Asiatic cheetah.
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