Tehran’s Asiatic cheetahs, Delbar and Koshki have become Ehsan Jannati’s model beside Milad Tower in the snowy days of the capital.
Since last winter Tehran’s Pardisan preserved area has hosted Delbar and Koshki, whose recent image in a snowy day with Milad Tower in the background went viral in social media.
Koshki, the eight-year-old male cheetah, and Delbar, the four-year-old female one, have been kept in persevered areas since they were about four months old when it was not possible to let them be on their own in nature.
Formerly, cheetahs were common throughout Asia and Africa but after World War II, by the advent of cars, motorcycles, and guns, their population started to shrink and now it is estimated that only 50 to 100 cheetahs live in Iran.
The 1.5 hectare-preserved area, designed for the cheetahs in Tehran's northwestern park of Pardisan, has some distinguishing characteristics unique to the lifestyle of these animals in nature. The first sector of the site is now occupied by Delbar and Koshki and the second one will be used in case they reproduce.