Cheetah Reintroduction Project

  • Cheetah, fastest land animal was declared extinct in India in 1952.
  • India’s last spotted Asiatic cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus venaticus) had died in Chhattisgarh in 1947.
  • This species was hunted into extinction by British colonial officers and Indian royalty.
Cheetah Reintroduction Project:
  • As part of the plan, the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change will be translocating around 8-12 cheetahs from South Africa, Namibia and Botswana to Kuno Palpur National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
  • This could be the world’s first intercontinental cheetah translocation project.

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