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Travel news 07/2022 – Cheetahs all set to return to India this August after 70 years!

Cheetah come back

As of now, these wildcats come under the vulnerable species category as there are only some 7000 cheetahs left in the whole world. In fact, these come under the threatened species category in the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list.

After being extinct for almost 70 years, the world’s fastest wildcat cheetahs are all set to return to India’s forests this August. In an agreement signed between India and Namibia, eight cheetahs will be transferred from Namibia to India’s Kuno-Palpur National Park for captive breeding in Madhya Pradesh.

The effort is being taken to reintroduce the animal in India. Cheetahs have been a significant part of the ecosystem in India but in 1952, the wildcat was declared extinct because of poaching. It is also believed nearly 10,000 Asiatic cheetahs used to grace the jungles of India back in the 16th century. For those who don’t know, cheetahs are the fastest land animals who can reach speeds of up to 113 km/hr.

Cheetahs all set to return to India

As of now, these wildcats come under the vulnerable species category as there are only some 7000 cheetahs left in the whole world. In fact, these come under the threatened species category in the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list.

Appreciating the efforts, Bhupender Yadav, India’s environment minister, took to Twitter and said, “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. Cheetah reintroduction in India has a larger goal of re-establishing ecological function in Indian grasslands that was lost due to extinction of Asiatic cheetah. This is in conformity with IUCN guidelines on conservation translocations.”

Source: indiatimes

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