Inter-governmental agreement signed to reintroduce Cheetah from South Africa to India.
The Republic of South Africa and the Republic of India have signed an MoU to cooperate in the reintroduction of the cheetah in the Asian country.
As per the agreement, an initial batch of 12 cheetahs are to be brought from South Africa to India during February 2023. These cheetahs will join the eight cheetahs brought to India from Namibia during 2022.
After the import of 12 cheetahs in February, there are plans to move 12 cheetahs annually for the next 8 to 10 years.
Restoring cheetah populations is considered to be a priority for India and will have vital and far-reaching conservation consequences, which would aim to achieve a number of ecological objectives, including re- establishing the function role of cheetah within their historical range in India and improving the enhancing the livelihood options and economies of the local communities.