April 1, 2023

Cheetahs will be reintroduced by end of the year: Minister | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The cheetah that became extinct in independent India is all set to return, said environment minister Bhupender Yadav on Wednesday with his ministry preparing to translocate the first batch of eight from South Africa and Namibia to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh and a total 50 in various parks over a period of five years.
Yadav while unveiling an action plan for reintroduction of cheetah in the country at the 19th meeting of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), noted that the plan was to reintroduce cheetah in 2021, but the Covid-19’s second wave delayed it.
India has plans to reintroduce cheetahs at the Kuno National Park in Sheopur and Morena districts of Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior-Chambal region, 70 years after it was officially declared extinct in India, in what could be the world’s first inter-continental cheetah translocation project. The country will get 12 to 15 cheetahs from South Africa and Namibia by the end of this year.
Yadav also released a Water Atlas, mapping all the waterbodies in the tiger bearing areas of India. Landscape wise information has been outlined in the Atlas which include, Shivalik Hills and Gangetic plain landscape, Central Indian Landscape and Eastern Ghats, Western Ghats, Northeastern Hills and Brahmaputra flood plains and Sundarbans.

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