Wednesday, March 03, 2010

India: Summary of cheetah reintroduction meeting released

Cheetahs from Foreign Countries
16:44 IST
Lok Sabha

A consultative meeting on Cheetah reintroduction in India was held in Gajner, Rajasthan on the 9th & 10th September 2009. Wildlife Trust of India organized it in collaboration with other conservation organizations including International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and International Cheetah experts, apart from Central and State Government officials. The important recommendation of the meeting was to conduct detailed surveys and analysis to ascertain habitat suitability, etc. for Cheetah reintroduction.

The main reasons for the extinction of Indian Cheetahs appear to be poaching/game-hunting and habitat loss. Cheetah is included in the Schedule –I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 thereby affording them highest degree of protection.

The Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shri Jairam Ramesh gave this information in a written reply to a question by Smt. Maneka Gnadhi and Kumari Meenakshi Natrajan in Lok Sabha today.


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