Cheetah Survey, Botswana, 1999
Photograph by Chris Johns
A cheetah surveys the savanna from atop a termite mound in Botswana's Okavango Delta.
As recently as 1900, cheetahs thrived throughout Africa and Asia, as far east as Myanmar (Burma). But a host of perils, including predation by lions and the encroachment of farms on their territory, has hurt their numbers and their range. Today, only about 12,000 cheetahs remain in some 30 African countries.