ACTION PLAN FOR INTRODUCING CHEETAH IN INDIA.
THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT LAUNCHED AN ACTION PLAN FOR INTRODUCING CHEETAH IN INDIA.
The ‘Action Plan for Introduction of Cheetah in India’ was released by environment ministry in the 19th meeting of National Tiger Conservation Authority.
Under the action plan, 50 cheetahs will be introduced in India, in the next five years.
Around 12 to 14 cheetahs will be imported from South Africa or Namibia.
Each of the cheetahs will be fitted with a satellite-GPS-very high frequency radio-collar.
Reintroduction of the cheetah in India
Reintroduction of cheetah in India involves re-establishment of a population of cheetahs in those areas where they had previously existed but were hunted into extinction during Rajput Indian royalty, Maratha Indian royalty and Mughal Period as well as British Raj. The Mughal emperor Akbar used to keep Cheetahs to hunt gazelle and blackbucks. In 1948, Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo of Koriya had shot the three last Asiatic cheetahs from India. Reintroduction process also involves identification and restoration of their former grassland scrub forest habitats, within the scope of duties of local forest department and by using Indian Central Government funding.