The first twelve cheetahs should be flown to India as early as February. “The plan envisages relocating twelve more animals annually over the next ten years.”
Asiatic cheetahs lived in India for a long time until the species was declared extinct in the country in 1952. Of the animals that were widespread from the Middle East to the Indian subcontinent in earlier centuries, only a few specimens now live in Iran.
The animals now coming from South Africa are African cheetahs – a different subspecies. There was a heated argument about their location. In 2020, India’s Supreme Court ruled that the African cheetahs may be released at a “carefully selected site” and initially only at an experimental level.
India has since received eight cheetahs from Namibia. They were taken to Kuno National Park, a good 300 kilometers south of New Delhi. According to official information, the Indian project is the first attempt in the world to relocate cheetahs across different continents. (SDA)
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