Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Workshop on India cheetah reintroduction held

STAFF WRITER 18:18 HRS IST

Gajner (Raj), Sept 9 (PTI) Strategies to reintroduce the cheetah in the country's wild were discussed threadbare at a workshop here today with some experts supporting the idea even as the government said an in-depth study is required before taking a decision on the translocation of spotted cats.

Cheetah experts from Iran, South Africa, Wildlife Institute of India (WII), National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) among others are attending the two-day consultative meeting on cheetah translocation.

Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who could not make it to the event, sounded cautious. In a message he said, "There are risk are indubitable. However, I feel that we owe it to the animal...that was once so ubiquitous in our country to at least analyse the pros and cons, examine the advantages and risks in a dispassionate and professional manner drawing on the best international expertise in the subject.

http://www.ptinews.com/news/273125_Workshop-on-cheetah-relocation-begins--views-differ

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