ICS at work

ICS doing field work

 The Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS) is a non-governmental, non-profitable organization in order to save the biodiversity with the Asiatic cheetah as flagship species which is left only in Iran.

The ICS is a sophisticated NGO devoted to save the Iranian “Big Five” Carnivores  (Asiatic cheetah, Persian leopard, grey wolf, striped hyena and the brown bear) which are normally in conflict with local communities. It has been established in 2001 (registeration number 13640) and celebrated its “first decade of biodiversity conservation”.


  • Investigation to find more on the ecology and status of large carnivores through an ecosystem-based approach;
  • Public awareness about the Iranian large carnivores and their associated biota through education mainly at the local communities;
  • Reducing human-large carnivores conflicts via implementing socio-economic plans;
  • Conserving the large carnivores in their natural habitats, particularly through public participation.

Due to lack of wildlife science on the Iranian species, particularly the Five Big, the ICS has focused a remarkable part of its activities on field investigations in order to apply its results to public awareness campaign among local communities. Accordingly, local applicable solutions are developed to reduce human-carnivore conflicts. Meanwhile, juveniles and youths are the main educational targets, particularly at local communities and should be satisfied to co-exist with them.

The ICS is based in Tehran with members from all around the country. Presently, more than 20 people are working as ICS staff or volunteers with various skills, all interested in doing something for the five large carnivores to ensure their survival. For more information about the ICS and their projects please click here.


“The idea for studying on the cheetahs came about in fall 1996 when I met Marita, a young female Iranian cheetah in Pardisan Zoo, Tehran, for the first time. She was rescued from a tragedy in the city of Bafq in which her young sisters were killed due to unawareness by local people.

At that time, the cheetah was one of the least known species of Iran and almost, there was no data about it in the country, which encouraged me to abandon medical sciences after 3 years and switching to study wildlife sciences at the university. I would like to dedicate this work to that cheetah, Marita.”

(Quote from the publication “Ecology and Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah in Maindasht Wildlife Refuge, Iran” written by Mohammad Sl Farhadinia is D.Phil student, Research Projects Coordinator (Conservation Genetics & Carnivore Researcher), Iranian Cheetah Society (ICS), August 2007.)



Beautiful Marita


Marita in the snow