Cheetah urine may help save the species

February 15, 2019 • 2:30 pm

The song at the beginning of this cheetah video shows what it would sound like if Barry White got involved in saving wildlife. Here’s a cool video from VICE about breeding cheetahs (Acinonyx jubata), and I hope they’re breeding them for release. I still get queasy about saving a species by keeping it permanently in captivity—especially a species in which individuals are evolved to lope and run.

What they do here is determine which male a female likes by exposing her to urine samples from diverse males. That will facilitate pairings that produce cubs.  Note that they collect the urine by putting a cologne—Calvin Klein’s “Obsession” (LOL)—on a urine-catching receptacle. Also note the female’s flehmen response, which you may have seen in your own cat.

The YouTube video:

The global cheetah population has plummeted over the last century. While zoo programs have made captive breeding a focus of their conservation efforts for endangered species, successful mating is a tricky dance. But inventive research has found that it may only take a few sterile gauzes soaked in urine to find that special someone to share the dance floor with.

h/t: Amy

22 thoughts on “Cheetah urine may help save the species

  1. Very interesting. Also tells us it is not a good idea to wear this perfume if you are out in field looking for cheetahs.

  2. “Let’s go see if we can get some urine.”

    I’m gonna have that translated to the Latin and use it as a family motto.

  3. I am not sure that cheetahs have ever been successfully re-introduced in the wild from captive bred animals – ? It seems it is very difficult to teach hunting without the exposure to it the mother gives in the wild…

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