A key African species, the cheetah, will be relocated to another continent after its extinction in India. Experts from Namibia and South Africa are behind this restoration program. This is the first time such will be done in history. These cheetahs will be moved to re-establish the population in India after it went into extinction.
This key African species once moved around the steppes of Turkey and even roamed about the forest and grasslands of the central and western region of India.
Now this species is enlisted as critically endangered. The Asiatic cheetahs are not even up to 50 today and they can be only seen in Iran. In the 1950s, Indian monarchs hunted this animal to extinction. However, efforts were made to reintroduce this species, it didn’t materialize.
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Indira Gandhi was very keen on bringing back the cheetah. The negotiations went well and Iran promised us the cheetah, but our potential release sites needed to be upgraded with an increase in prey base and greater protection. Moreover, during the process, the Emergency was declared in the country and soon after the Shah of Iran fell.Dr. M. K. Ranjitsinh
Ranjitsinh, the former director for Wildlife of India and the chairperson of India’s Wildlife Trust is working with a team to assess a good plan for the spotted sprinter’s arrival. He talked about how India’s forest gets a huge amount of support, while the grasslands which are subjected to clearance for some years get very little.