"Marita galvanized interest in the fate of the species. The date of her death, Aug. 30, was designated National Cheetah Day. Iran issued commemorative stamps and the national football team has worn patches featuring the animal in international matches." Two Asiatic cheetahs are depicted in this painting by Iranian artist Hossain Irandoust Moghaddam.
“There was a poster of a cheetah behind the counter,” he says. “It was a picture of a captive animal from Tehran Zoo that had become famous as part of a national education campaign. The shopkeeper knew all about it, and he was also aware that he lived in an area where Asiatic cheetahs were found, and he was proud of that," said Luke Hunter of World Conservation Society, WCS, recalls buying supplies in a small-town general store on his first trip to Iran.
"By the time of my first visit to Iran in 2004, that had already changed. When buying supplies in a roadside store in a tiny, remote desert town, I saw a CACP poster pinned behind the counter showing Marita, then the only Asiatic cheetah in captivity."