Cheetah population estimates are quoted as being anywhere from 9000 to 14000 in the early 1990s. These estimates were based on a lot of hard work and the best information available at the time, but they are just estimates.
The problem is that the best information available is full of uncertainties. How do you take an accurate census when the study subject migrates and where the total population covers a huge area? Currently, the short answer is that you don't.
A number of studies were released in the early 1990s, which is why we have at least an educated guess on the population for that time, but there aren't any more recent large scale studies that can tell us what has happened to the wild cheetah population since then. According to the IUCN Red List, cheetah numbers are still dropping and could possibly be thousands lower today.
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