Cheetah Population By: Grace Andersen and Jordan Hays

The cheetah population had an exponential growth for 20 years because there was an abundance of prey, specifically gazelles and antelopes; the cheetahs had plenty of space to roam, hunt, and live in the Savannah. The cheetah population came to carrying capacity, the maximum amount of indivuals in a population, beccause there were more births than deaths so there wasn't enough space or prey for the next generation. Also, more cheetahs were immigrating than emmigrating creating an increase in population which caused the carrying capacity.
Density-dependent factors are factors affected by the number of individuals in an area. Some density-dependent limiting factors are competition, food, and disease. For competition, lions and other predators prey on the same animals as cheetahs. For food, sometimes there can be a shortage of prey. Lastly, a common disease is AA amyloidosis. All of these density-dependent factors kill off many cheetahs each year.
Density-independent factors are environmental factors that affect a population regardless of the population density. Some density-independent limiting factors are human activities and drought. A major example of human activities is poaching. Drought and poaching have caused the population to go down significantly in the past years.
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Created with images by Susuchan - "cheetah zoo adventure world" • designerpoint - "lion big cat predator" • Archit Ratan Photography - "a pair of blackbuck at tal chhapar" • FuN_Lucky - "namibia africa drought"

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