Project cheetah: World’s first inter-continental carnivore translocation – Eight cheetahs — five females and three males are being transferred to India from Namibia. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released these eight big cats in Kuno National Park (KNP), Madhya Pradesh, on the occasion of his birthday, which falls on September 17.
- Under Project Cheetah, The cheetahs have been brought to India and India will reintroduce the big cat after they were officially declared extinct in the year1952, and the last cheetah was killed in India in 1947.
- Project Cheetah is the world’s first inter-continental large wild carnivore translocation project.
- In 2020, Supreme Court (SC) approved this project as a pilot programme to reintroduce the species.
- In 2009, The concept of bringing the cheetah back was first presented by conservationists.
- India and the Republic of Namibia signed a Memorandum of Understanding in July 2020 to donate eight felines to launch the programme.
World’s first inter-continental carnivore translocation
- cheetahs will help in restoring open forest and grassland ecosystems in India.
- It will also conserve biodiversity and enhance the ecosystem services such as water security, carbon sequestration and soil moisture conservation, benefiting society at large.
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