Introduction of African Cheetah in India
- 29 Jan 2020
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- Recently, the Supreme Court has lifted its seven-year-long stay on a proposal to introduce African Cheetahs from Namibia into the Indian habitat.
- Court has now allowed to initiate the re-introduction of foreign Cheetahs into the Palpur Kuno sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh on an experimental basis. In 1952, the Asiatic Cheetah was officially declared extinct from India.
|Sr. No.||Parameter||African Cheetah||Asiatic Cheetah|
|1.||IUCN status||Vulnerable||Critically Endangered.|
|2.||CITES status||Appendix-I of the List. This List comprises of migratory species that have been assessed as being in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of their range.||Appendix-I of the List.|
|3.||Habitat||Around 6,500-7,000 African cheetahs present in the wild.||40-50 found only in Iran.|
|4.||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.|
- According to the United Nations, Cheetahs are listed as “Vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, but a recent study revealed the decline in its significant population. Hence, scientists are demanding for cheetahs to be uplisted to “Endangered” category.
- In North Africa and Asia, they are considered to be “Critically Endangered.”