African Cheetahs may arrive on Modi’s birthday

For Prelims

About African Cheetahs

  • Scientific Name: Acinonyx Jubatus
  • IUCN Red List: Vulnerable.
  • CITES: Appendix 1.
  • Wildlife Protection Act: Schedule-2.

About Asiatic Cheetah

  • Scientific Name: Acinonyx Jubatus Venaticus
  • IUCN Red List: Critically Endangered.
  • CITES: Appendix 1.
  • Wildlife Protection Act: Schedule-2.
  • Asiatic Cheetahs became extinct in India by 1948
  • Asiatic Cheetahs are smaller and paler than the African cheetah.
  • Cheetahs will be relocated from Namibia and South Africa.
  • Cheetahs are the world’s fastest land mammal that lives in Africa and Asia.

About Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Kuno National Park is located in Sheopur District in Madhya Pradesh.
  • It was established in 1981 as a wildlife sanctuary and given the status of National Park in 2018.
  • The dominant communities in the area are Sahariyas, Gujjars and Yadavs.
  • The main livelihoods of the people are agriculture, pastoralism, casual labor and collection of non-timber forest products.
  • Kuno River, which is one of the major tributaries of Chambal River flows through the National Park bisecting it.
  • The Kuno wildlife sanctuary has been the home of four of India’s big cats, the tiger, the leopard, the Asiatic lion and also cheetah historically.
  • Currently, the leopard and striped hyena are the only larger carnivores within the Kuno National Park.

 

Source The Hindu