70 yrs after extinction in India, 1st batch of cheetahs set to arrive from Africa in August

70 yrs after extinction in India, 1st batch of cheetahs set to arrive from Africa in August



Declared extinct 70 years ago, the first batch of five-six Cheetahs will be translocated from South Africa to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. This is the first time that a trans-continental shifting of a large carnivore will take place.

In a first, a batch of cheetahs will be translocated from South Africa to India in August this year after delays caused due to the Covid pandemic, Ministry officials announced on Tuesday.

Declared extinct 70 years ago, the first batch of five-six Cheetahs will be translocated from South Africa to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. This is the first time that a trans-continental shifting of a large carnivore will take place.

“All the modalities for bringing the Cheetah have been completed and the agreement with South Africa is in place. Now the final clearance from Ministry of External Affairs is awaited. One of our teams is currently in South Africa,’’ said a senior official in the Environment Ministry on Tuesday.

A team of experts from South Africa will arrive in India on June 15th, and visit the park to oversee the arrangements for the translocation.

Lead Image: A team of experts from South Africa will arrive in India on June 15th, and visit the park to oversee the arrangements for the translocation.


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