Real reason for massive loss of wild cheetahs: Humans

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The researchers studied 19 wild cheetahs living in two reserves in South Africa, one in the Kalahari Desert and the other in a wetter area in the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, said lead researcher Michael Scantlebury, a lecturer of biology at Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After capturing the cheetahs, the researchers put radio collars on the cats and injected them with isotope-laden water (an isotope is a variation of an element).*They followed each cheetah for two weeks, and recorded the cats' behaviors, such as lying, sitting, walking and chasing prey.