India set to reintroduce South African cheetah in a wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh by August
"The agreement with South Africa is in place and is being vetted by the legal cell," he said.
Talks were also on with Namibia for introducing cheetahs from there in India, but have hit a roadblock over certain issues related to hunting.
"We plan to introduce 8-10 cheetahs every year and take the number to 50 over a five-year period," he said.
A team from South Africa is visiting
Discussions to bring the
Cheetah is the only large carnivore that got completely wiped out from India, mainly due to over-hunting and habitat loss.
The Supreme Court had appointed an expert panel, which approved Kuno Palpur as the possible location for cheetah relocation.
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