I'm Vincent van der Merwe, a National Geographic Explorer working to protect cheetahs in the wild—AMA
Hi Reddit, I'm Vincent van der Merwe, a National Geographic Explorer focusing on cheetah conservation with the Endangered Wildlife Trust. I have been working in cheetah conservation for ten years now and have coordinated the capture and relocation of over 250 wild cheetahs between protected areas to prevent inbreeding. I have overseen the reintroduction of wild cheetahs into 20 protected areas, and currently co-ordinate the management of the only growing wild cheetah population worldwide. My research interests include the historical distribution of cheetahs, their genetic status and the global decline of wild cheetah populations since the advent of agriculture. My hobbies include hiking, playing squash, travelling in Africa and farming avocados. AMA!
You can read more about my work at the links below:
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EDIT: Hey guys. I had plenty of fun answering your questions. I need to head out to prepare for a Cheetah capture tomorrow. Many thanks for joining our AMA session and to National Geographic for the support that they give to my work.
Have a super day :)