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African Cheetahs from South Africa brought to India

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  • August 19, 2020
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African Cheetahs from South Africa brought to India

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity; Environment

In News:

  • Recently, Mysuru zoo has become the second Indian zoo to house the African cheetah.
  • One male and two females from a cheetah conservation centre in South Africa under an animal-exchange programme were brought to India.
  • It was the country’s first international animal exchange post-COVID-19.

Important value additions 

Cheetah

  • It is the fastest land animal.
  • The Southeast African cheetah is native to East and Southern Africa. 
  • It lives mainly in the lowland areas and deserts of the Kalahari, the savannahs of Okavango Delta, and the grasslands of the Transvaal region in South Africa
  • In Namibia, cheetahs are mostly found in farmlands.
  • It is a vulnerable subspecies (IUCN status), due to poaching, habitat loss, and lack of prey.

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