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Transfer of cheetahs in progress
India was once home to Asiatic cheetahs. In the 1950s, the species disappeared from the country due to poaching. Globally, the Asiatic cheetah is critically endangered. To compensate for this disappearance and maintain a viable population of cheetahs in the country, the Indian authorities have decided to introduce African cheetahs, a subspecies close to the Asian cheetah. This introduction is on an experimental basis. The aim is to ensure that the African cheetah is able to adapt to the Indian environment. Over the next ten years, a hundred cheetahs will be substantial in India. The first individuals were released last January in Kuno National Park, 320 km south of New Delhi. To be continued...
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