Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary:
India is preparing to import a fresh batch of cheetahs from South Africa and introduce them into Madhya Pradesh’s Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on the northern boundary of the Mandsaur and Nimach districts in Madhya Pradesh.
- It is spread over an area of 368.62 km2 (142.32 sq mi) adjoining Rajasthan state.
- It lies in the Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forest ecoregion.
- It was notified in the year 1974 and added to the list of sanctuaries in 1984.
- River Chambal flows through the sanctuary, dividing it into two parts.
- The sanctuary is characterised by its diverse topography, which includes hills, plateaus, and the catchment area of the Gandhi Sagar Dam on the Chambal River.
- The sanctuary has many places of historical, archaeological and religious importance, such as Chaurasigarh, Chaturbhujnath temple, Bhadkaji rock paintings, Narsinghjhar Hinglajgarh fort, Taxakeshwar temple etc.