Social and genetic population structure of free-ranging cheetah in Botswana: implications for conservation

@article{Dalton2013SocialAG,
  title={Social and genetic population structure of free-ranging cheetah in Botswana: implications for conservation},
  author={Desir{\'e} Lee Dalton and Pauline C. Charruau and Lorraine K. Boast and Antoinette Kotz{\'e}},
  journal={European Journal of Wildlife Research},
  year={2013},
  volume={59},
  pages={281-285}
}
Once widely distributed throughout Africa, cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) occur today within fragmented populations and are listed as vulnerable by the IUCN. Botswana currently hosts the second largest cheetah population throughout the species’ range. This study initiated a molecular genetic survey of wild Botswana cheetah populations. It focused on the relatedness within presumed social groups using 14 microsatellite markers and revealed a higher proportion of unrelated male coalitions than was… CONTINUE READING