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As and when the cheetahs arrive, it will be a soft release first.

The last Indian/Asiatic cheetah was killed in 1947 in the jungles of central India. Now, with the country celebrating the 75th year of its Independence, the countdown has begun for the African cheetah to be introduced in Madhya Pradesh. After scouting for six sites across Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, an experts' committee had zeroed in on Kuno National Park, proposed for relocation of the Asiatic lions that shares similar habitat as cheetahs.
This has been a much-discussed project of the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change. It was in January 2020 that the Supreme Court, while responding to an application by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), given "permission to reintroduce cheetahs from Africa to suitable sites in India."
Several meetings and field visits later, a team is now ready to visit Namibia very soon but the dates are yet to be finalized. The team will visit the southern African country for an assessment and then, a decision about exactly how and when the cheetahs can be brought here will be finalized,

cheetah Cheetahs share the territorial areas with tigers and like it, needs herbivore and large inviolate areas, and for the herbivores, there need to be ample grasslands. Photo by jean wimmerlin on Unsplash

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