- February 16, 2022
- Posted by: admin1
- Category: DPN Topics
Context- A team of five experts will leave for Namibia February 17, 2022, to finalise details on translocating African cheetahs to India.
- The cheetah translocation project aims to bring African cheetahs to India, where the Indian cheetah was declared extinct in 1952.
- The cheetahs will be sourced mainly from South Africa and Namibia.
- The cheetahs will be brought to the Kuno-Palpur National Park in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur and Morena districts.
- India had tried to get Asiatic cheetahs from Iran but was refused. According to a recent statement by an Iranian government official, there are only 12 Asiatic cheetahs left in the world.
- The Cheetah Conservation Fund is an international organisation dedicated to saving cheetahs in the wild.
- Cheetahs are listed as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species
Asiatic & African Cheetah:
|African Cheetah||Asiatic Cheetah|
|Habitat||Around 6,500-7,000 African cheetahs present in the wild.||Less than 100 ,found only in Iran.|
|Physical Characteristics||Bigger in size as compared to Asiatic Cheetah.||Smaller and paler than the African cheetah. Has more fur, a smaller head and a longer neck. Usually have red eyes and they have a more cat-like appearance.|
|IUCN status||Vulnerable||Critically Endangered|