Save Asiatic Cheetah

Join us in saving the Asiatic Cheetah

The Journey of a Wildlife Conservationist Couple in Iran

Who We Are?

Atie Taktehrani

Atie Taktehrani is a leading conservationist who has been working to save the Asiatic Cheetahs in Iran since 2011. She is the Conservation Manager of the Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) and has developed and implemented successful conservation programs. Atie is an experienced researcher, educator, and project manager in wildlife conservation who has authored numerous scientific papers and articles. Her inspiring contributions make her a trailblazing woman conservationist in Iran and a model of success through hard work, dedication, and passion for nature.

Morteza Pourmirzai

Morteza Pourmirzai is a wildlife conservationist in Iran who has dedicated his life to saving the critically endangered Asiatic Cheetahs. As a wildlife conservationist, he has spent the better part of his life devotedly working towards protecting this majestic predator. He currently holds the position of CEO at the Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS), an organization he has been with since 2008. Despite the numerous hurdles and setbacks he has faced, Morteza's determination and passion for conservation remains unshakeable. Morteza's passion for wildlife conservation is evident in his work.


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Where We Work?

The Asiatic cheetahs reside in the central regions of Iran, specifically the desert areas of Dasht-e Kavir. This region have a harsh desert landscape, characterized by hot and dry conditions and sparse vegetation. It is crucial to protect the cheetah’s natural habitat in Iran to prevent the decline of this endangered species.

However, working in a sanctioned country like Iran poses challenges for conservation efforts. Iran is currently facing economic and political sanctions, which limit the development of tools and resources necessary for conservation efforts. As a result, conservationists must rely on limited resources and work with local communities to ensure the preservation of endangered species like the Asiatic cheetah. Despite the challenges, efforts are underway to protect the cheetah’s habitat and prevent its extinction.