70 years after last sighting, India to get Namibian Cheetahs by 15 August

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70 years after last sighting, India to get Namibian Cheetahs by 15 August

  • Cheetah will be reintroduced on Indian soil again exactly 70 years after it was last seen in the Indian subcontinent.
  • These will be released in the wild in India under an exchange programme being finalised with Namibia.
  • Kuno National Park is finalised as the suitable habitat for Cheetahs.


  • It means releasing a species in an area where it can survive.
  • Large carnivore reintroductions are rapidly being recognised as a technique for conserving vulnerable species and restoring ecological services.
  • In India, cheetahs will serve as a flagship species for the conservation of grasslands, which are officially designated as wastelands.

About Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

  • It is one of the world’s most-recognizable cats
  • Nearly all the cheetahs remaining in the wild live in Africa.
  • It is the fastest terrestrial animal on the planet.
  • It is categorised as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • In 1947, the country's last spotted feline perished in Chhattisgarh.
  • According to the IUCN Red List, the Asiatic cheetah is a "critically endangered" species that is thought to exist solely in Iran.

Kuno National Park

  • It is part of Kuno Wildlife Division (Area- 1235 sq. km)
  • The south-eastern portion of this area is patchily connected to Panna Tiger Reserve through Madhav National Park– Shivpuri Forest Division.
  • Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan State across the River Chambal is connected on the north-western side.
  • It is located in Semi-arid biogeographic zone
  • Kuno River, one of the major tributaries of Chambal River flows through the entire length bisecting the National Park division.
  • This park is known for the leopard, Jackal, Chinkara

Reasons for suitability of Kuno NP for reintroduction of Cheetahs

  • It has diverse habitats conducive for lions and cheetahs constituted by open woodlands, Savanna, Dry deciduous forests, Evergreen riverine forests.
  • Forest grass species are common in valley habitats while plateau tops had shorter grasses.