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Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus)

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As I was searching for images of Asiatic lions from the Middle East, particularly from Assyria, Mesopotamia (mostly Iraq) and Persia (Iran), I came across this image of an ancient Syrian relief from Palmyra, in Alamy:

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Though the caption says "2 Cent Palmyra Syria Syrian Museum Hunter Lion Tiger", the relief doesn't even appear to be of a leopard (which is in the genus Panthera like the lion, tiger, jaguar and snow leopard, as opposed to the cheetah's genus Acinonyx), given the spots (like jaguars, leopards have rosettes, as opposed to just spots), and as depicted shown by the work of Harrison and Bates, which I referenced in the main thread, the Levant was indeed occupied by the cheetah:

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To avoid clogging up the main thread, I made this one.
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Two Venaticus spotted a few days ago in the semnan province.


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Credits: http://www.iew.ir/1398/06/08/61194
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Here are some things that I mentioned in other threads:

1) The last record of the Asiatic cheetah in India wasn't of those 3 cheetahs that were shot by Maharajah Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo (who is also notorious for killing 1,360 tigers) in 1947, but of a female sighted in 1951 in what is now the Koriya District of Chhattisgarh State (Divyabhanusinh (1999) The End of a Trail: the Cheetah in India). It is worth mentioning that in this area is Guru Ghasidas National Park, which is contiguous with Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, and yes, this is a potential tiger territory, though no tiger was sighted between October 2008 and May 2009: https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-indian-cheetah?pid=83599#pid83599

https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/last-indias-cheetahs-were-shot-maharajah-6-decades-later-governments-reintroduction-planhttps://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090719/spectrum/nature.htmhttps://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/chhattisgarh-asked-to-propose-tiger-reserve-status-for-guru-ghasidas-park/article2147726.ecehttps://web.archive.org/web/20120120232451/http://www.projecttiger.nic.in/whtsnew/Tiger_Status_oct_2010.pdf

Guru Ghasidas National Park Chhattisgarh State, next to Sanjay-Dubri Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh: https://www.outlookindia.com/outlooktraveller/explore/story/47894/guru-ghasidas-national-park-in-chhattisgarh

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2) There is an Arabic video of the lion, cheetah and leopard in the Arabian Peninsula or Middle East: https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-cheetah-acinonyx-jubatus-data-pictures-videos?page=13




 
3) Iran is the last place confirmed to have cheetahs, but we do get reports of sightings from neighbouring places: https://wildfact.com/forum/topic-cheetah-acinonyx-jubatus-data-pictures-videos?page=15

Near Khar Touran National Park and Miandasht Wildlife Refuge in northern Iran, where the cheetah is known to occur, is the country of Turkmenistan. In 2017, it was reported that a Turkmen horse breeder drew 2 big cats that he saw: One large with big spots and short legs, and the other that was sleek and had a long tail, calling the latter 'гепард' ('gepard', meaning 'cheetah'): https://www.panthera.org/blog/2017/10/04...lden-horse 

The Persian leopard (top) and cheetah (bottom) at Touran Biosphere Reserve: 

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@Lycaon mentioned a report of a sighting from Kazakhstan near the Aral Sea in 2011: https://en.tengrinews.kz/environment/Extinct-steppe-cheetah-was-found-in-Aral-4807/  

@Sanju and I gave this image showing a skin from Afghanistan: http://www.catsg.org/cheetah/01_information/1_3_periodical-reports/cat-news/Cat_News_49_2008_Cheetah_skin_in_Afghanistan.pdf
   
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There are plenty of images of Kushki (or Kooshki) and Delbar, respectively a male and female, in Wikimedia Commons, from the work of Erfan Kouchari of Tasnim News Agency (which has more pictures):

Delbar with Kushki: 

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Kushki:

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(10-08-2019, 11:07 AM)BorneanTiger Wrote: There are plenty of images of Kushki (or Kooshki) and Delbar, respectively a male and female, in Wikimedia Commons, from the work of Erfan Kouchari of Tasnim News Agency (which has more pictures):

Delbar with Kushki: 

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Kushki:

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And also separate images of Kushki consuming a hare or rabbit by Wikimedia user N. Farid: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:..._rubit.jpghttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Koushki_2.jpghttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kushki_face.jpg


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This asiatic cheetah does not ,look to pleased being camera trapped.


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Persian miniature from the 16th century showing a cheetah or leopard (top middle) hunted along with a lion (bottom right with an onager (Asiatic wild ass)), pages 80–81: https://books.google.com/books?id=esV0hc...&q&f=false
   
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As mentioned here, I discovered something about Eram Zoo in Tehran, Iran. It was founded in the 19th century by the Qajari Shah Naser Ad-Din, who had a collection of a cheetah and 3 leopards from Jajrud, besides other animals, judging by this Farsi website of Animal Rights Watch.
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