AFRICAN CHEETAH INDUCTION DRIVE
Context: Acknowledging the almost extinct situation of Indian Cheetah, Supreme Court of India has allowed the Centre to introduce African Cheetah in suitable habitats in India.
The decision from the Supreme Court came after National Tiger Conservation Authority filed a petition seeking permission for the introduction of the African cheetah from Namibia as rare Indian cheetah is almost extinct in the country. A three-member committee has also been set up by the apex court which comprises former Director Wildlife of India Ranjit Singh, Director General of Wildlife of India Dhananjay Mohan and Deputy Inspector General, Wildlife, Ministry of Environment to guide the NTCA in taking a decision on the issue. About Cheetah Family: It is a large cat of the subfamily Felinae. Scientific name: Acinonyx jubatus. Subspecies: Southeast African cheetah, Asiatic cheetah, Northeast African cheetah and Northwest African cheetah. Distribution: it is found in North, Southern and East Africa, and a few localities in Iran. Habitat: It inhabits a variety of mostly arid habitats like dry forests, scrub forests, and savannahs. Conversation Status: The cheetah has been classified as endangered by the IUCN; and listed under Appendix I of CITES (Convention on international Trade in Endangered Species).