Cheetah, which went extinct in India, is set to return, Union minister says

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New Delhi: The charismatic cheetah will soon be returning to the Indian jungle, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said on Wednesday.

This afternoon, Yadav presented the Atlas of Water Sources of Tiger Reserves in India, as well as the action plan for the introduction of the cheetah to India.

Speaking to Twitter, Union Minister Yadav said: “The initial threats that led to the extinction of the cheetah have been mitigated and India will soon reunite with the charismatic species.”

“The cheetah that went extinct in independent India is about to return. Launch of an action plan for the reintroduction of the cheetah in India at the 19th meeting of the National Tiger Conservation Authority, ”added Yadav.

Officials say the reintroduction of cheetahs, which is expected to take place in Kuno National Park in Sheopur and Morena districts of Gwalior-Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh, is the world’s first intercontinental cheetah transfer project, 69 years after the animal was officially declared extinct in India.

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