Cheetahs | Photo: Padmanabhan
It may take a while for cheetah, the fastest animal on the planet, to return to India. A team from the central government is going to Namibia next week to finalize the procedures of bringing ten cheetahs to India.
The plan is to reintroduce them in Kuno national park of Madhya Pradesh. Wildlife scientists have found out that Kuno had been a cheetah habitat earlier. There is enough prey base in Kuno for the cheetah to survive. The modalities regarding the relocation are in progress.
The cheetahs were extinct in India by 1950 due to heavy poaching and habitat loss.
The scheme of Union Ministry of Forests to reintroduce cheetahs was approved by the Supreme court two years ago. The court, after hearing the wildlife biologist in detail and evaluating the scientific studies, had given the green signal.
While Cheetahs are widespread in Africa, only few survive in Iran which is the only Asian pocket of cheetahs.