Cheetahs to be re-introduced in India in November after being declared extinct in 1952

Cheetah, the world’s quickest land animal which was declared extinct in India in 1952, is predicted to be re-introduced into the nation in November this yr on the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh, state Forest Minister Vijay Shah mentioned on Sunday.

The nation’s final noticed cheetah died in Chhattisgarh in 1947 and it was declared extinct in the nation in 1952.

The Wildlife Institute of India (WII) some years again ready a cheetah re-introduction challenge.

The Supreme Court had earlier given its approval to introduce African cheetahs to an appropriate habitat in India on an experimental foundation.

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“We have started the process of creating an enclosure for around 10 cheetahs, including five females, to be brought from South Africa to Kuno in Sheopur district and it is going to be completed by August,” Shah advised PTI.

Officials from India will be despatched to South Africa for sensitisation and coaching in June and July this yr and in accordance to the plan, the transportation of the cheetahs will happen in October and November, he mentioned.

KUNO NATIONAL PARK

Kuno, situated in the Chambal area, is unfold over an space of over 750 sq km and has a conducive atmosphere for the cheetah, he mentioned.

The protected space, comprising a substantial inhabitants of four-horned antelopes, chinkara, nilgai, wild boar, noticed deer and sambar, has a great prey base for the cheetahs, he mentioned.

‘PROJECT CHEETAH’ BUDGET

“According to the approved timeline sent to us by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change this week, the tentative budget outlay of the ‘Project Cheetah’ is Rs 1,400 lakh for this fiscal,” the minister mentioned.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) goes to launch the cash for the challenge to Madhya Pradesh and the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) at Dehradun subsequent month, Shah mentioned.

HABITAT APPROVED

An skilled from South Africa visited the Kuno National Park on April 26 this yr together with scientists from the WII and inspected the amenities and habitat created there for the introduction of African cheetahs. They authorised it and now the ultimate means of bringing the cheetah is underway, a forest official mentioned.

Earlier, consultants from the WII had visited 4 locations in Madhya Pradesh to search for the most effective habitat for the introduction of African cheetah in the nation final yr, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests J S Chauhan, advised PTI.

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The WII crew had visited the Kuno National Park in MP’s Sheopur district, the Nauradehi sanctuary in Sagar district, the Gandhi Sagar sanctuary on the northern boundary of Mandsaur and Neemuch districts and the Madhav National Park in Shivpuri district, Chauhan mentioned.

“Madhya Pradesh had in the past been home to cheetahs. The state has a long conservation history…we have the habitat. We also have a successful animal translocation track record,” Chauhan mentioned, referring to the tiger reintroduction programme in the Panna Tiger Reserve in 2009.

DECLINING POPULATION

Cheetah is taken into account susceptible underneath the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) purple checklist of threatened species, with a declining inhabitants of lower than 7,000 discovered primarily in African savannas.

The Supreme Court final yr arrange a three- member committee to information the NTCA on the cheetah re-introduction challenge.

The panel has requested the WII to perform a technical analysis of all doable websites for the re-introduction of cheetah in the nation.

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