Soon, African cheetahs in India after deal with Namibia

by | Jul 20, 2022 | World

The first batch of eight wild cats to arrive at a wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh state next month, officials said.India and Namibia have signed a deal to bring cheetahs into the South Asian country, with the first batch of eight wild cats set to arrive next month, officials said.
India has been working to relocate the animals since 2020, when the Supreme Court announced that African cheetahs could be introduced in a “carefully chosen location” on an experimental basis.
India in the past had Asiatic cheetahs but the species was officially declared extinct within the country by 1952.
The deal signed on Wednesday will see Namibia’s African cheetahs flown in next month to a wildlife sanctuary in the central state of Madhya Pradesh for captive breeding – a move expected to coincide with India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations.
“Completing 75 glorious years of Independence with restoring the fastest terrestrial flagship species, the cheetah, in India, will rekindle the ecological dynamics of the landscape,” India’s environment minister Bhupender Yadav tweeted.
“Cheetah reintroduction would also greatly enhance local community livelihoods through eco-tourism prospects in the long term.”
The cheetah became extinct in India, primarily due to hunting for its distinctive, spotted pelts and habitat loss [File: James Oertel/Majority World/Universal Images Group via Getty Images]
Signed in New Delhi with Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, the deal will also see the two countries collaborate in areas of climate change, waste and wildlife management.
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