India to get more Cheetahs over the years: Project chief Laurie Marker
India is working with South Africa and Namibia for the reintroduction of more Cheetahs in India. Namibia is going to send more over the years, said Laurie Marker, the executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund who coordinated the translocation of cheetahs from Namibia to India
After translocating eight cheetahs to India, the nation is working with South Africa and Namibia to bring more cheetahs over the years, executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund Laurie Marker told news agency ANI. Lauri played a major role in the translocation of cheetahs to India.
Cheetahs were released at two points in Kuno National Park by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. The PM also interacted with Cheetah Mitras, Cheetah Rehabilitation Management Group, and students at the venue.
In his address, the Prime Minister also thanked Namibia for helping India in achieving the aim. He called this move an "important and historic" moment.
Project Cheetah, the world's first carnivore relocation project
It is worth noting Project Cheetah is one of a kind animal translocation project, as this is the first time a large carnivore is being moved from one continent to another and reintroduced to the wild. But, cheetahs will take around five to ten years to gel up in the habitat.
Calling man-animal conflict a potential risk to Cheetahs, Laurie said the government is working with the communities around the park and the big cats may take five to ten years to establish themselves in India and erratic weather will continue to be a major factor.
The man-animal conflict was one of the main reasons behind the extinction of the cheetah in India. It continues to be a threat even now.
India's endeavour to save its wildlife
With this reintroduction project, the government aims to protect the environment and bring sustainability. Apart from the cheetah, the government has been working to protect several wildlife animals in the country.
There has been a significant amount of work done by the Indian government to increase the tiger population. Now, India has more than 50 Tiger Reserve in 18 states. The country is home of around 75% tiger population. The country achieved the target of doubling its tiger population four years ahead of its set deadline of 2022. The Tiger Population in India has grown from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.
Just like tiger population, there has been an increasing trend in the population of Asiatic Lions in the country. The population has increased from 523 in 2015 to 674 now. Talking about leopards in India, their population has been 60 % increase in their population to 12,852 leopards.
(With inputs from ANI)
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