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Cheetahs Fast-Track To Extinction? (+8 More Endangered Animals)

PANTHERA, TIMES LIVE, NAMIBIAN

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Warnings came this week that the cheetah, the world's fastest land creature, may be on its way to rapid extinction. The slender big cat could disappear from the wild by 2030, according to NGO Panthera, which reported that cheetahs have been removed from 77% of their original territory in Africa.

The cheetah, which can reach speeds of up to 120 kilometers per hour (74 miles per hour), needs vast open spaces with a low density of fellow carnivores to thrive, writes South Africa’s Times Live.

Unlike some of the other animals on this list, the cheetah is not a target for poachers, but it is the only big cat to adapt poorly in wildlife reserves as its natural habitat is increasingly wiped out. Many come to Africa to see the big cats in the wild. Losing them could devastate areas where this tourism is the sole source of income, says The Namibian.

With cheetahs as one of the more recent additions to the list, here's a look around the globe of others species at risk...

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India Higher Education Inferior Complex: Where Are The Foreign University Campuses?

The proposed UGC guidelines are ill-conceived and populist, and hardly take note of the educational and financial interests of foreign universities.

Image of a group of five people sitting on the grass inside of the Indian Institute of Technology campus.

The IIT - Indian Institute of Technology - Campus

M.M Ansari and Mohammad Naushad Khan

NEW DELHI — Nearly 800,000 young people from India attend foreign universities every year in search of quality education and entrepreneurial training, resulting in a massive outflow of resources – $3 billion – to finance their education. These students look for greener pastures abroad because of the lack of quality teaching and research in most of India’s higher education institutions.

Over 40,000 colleges and 1,000 universities are producing unemployable graduates who cannot function in a knowledge- and technology-intensive economy.

The Indian government's solution is to open doors to foreign universities, with a proposed set of regulations aiming to provide higher education and research services to match global standards, and to control the outflow of resources. But this decision raises many questions.

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