Feb 21, 2020
70 years after the Cheetah became extinct a proposal has come up at the 13th Conference of Parties (CoP) to United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) in Gandhinagar on February 18, 2020
- On January 28, the Supreme Court cleared the way for the reintroduction of the Cheetah in India.
- The species of Cheetah got extinct in India after the ruler of an erstwhile princely state in Koriya, Chhattisgarh, gunned down the last three Asiatic cheetahs in 1947.
- The issue hit a roadblock in 2013 due to opposition by the Gujarat government because Kuno-Palpur, the chosen site, was also identified for the relocation of the Asiatic lion.
- The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) continued its efforts to re-introduce cheetah.
- The court directed NTCA to conduct a survey to find a new site to and reassess the potential of Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary .And also see if there were any sites which might prove to be better. The court asked NTCA to submit reports every four months.
Cheetah is a flagship species of a highly endangered ecosystem of the country — the grasslands. It is also the only species to go extinct in peninsular India.