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Cheetah Relocation In India

Cheetah Relocation In India:

India will be soon releasing cheetahs from South Africa and Namibia into the wild at Kuno Palpur in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh.

  • It will initiate India’s ambitious plan of transcontinental relocation of cheetahs.
  • The country’s last spotted cheetah died in Chhattisgarh in 1947 and it was declared extinct in the country in 1952.
  • The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) some years back prepared a cheetah reintroduction project.
  • The cheetah is one of the oldest of the big cat species, with ancestors that can be traced back more than five million years to the Miocene era.
  • The cheetah is also the world’s fastest land mammal that lives in Africa and Asia.

African Cheetah:

  • Scientific Name: Acinonyx Jubatus
  • Characteristics: They have slightly brownish and golden skin which is thicker than the Asiatic Cheetahs.
  • They have much more prominent spots and lines on their face as compared to their Asian cousins.
  • Distribution: Found all over the African continent in thousands of numbers.
  • Protection:
    • IUCN Red List: Vulnerable.
    • CITES: Appendix 1.
    • WPA: Schedule-2.

Asiatic Cheetah:

  • Scientific Name: Acinonyx Jubatus Venaticus
  • Characteristic: Slightly smaller than the African Cheetahs.
  • They have pale yellowish fawn coloured skin with more fur under their body, specifically on the belly.Inserting image…
  • Distribution: Found only in Iran with less than 100 individuals left.
  • Protection:
    • IUCN Red List: critically endangered.
    • CITES: Appendix 1.
    • WPA: Schedule-2.