African Cheetahs from South Africa brought to India
Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity; Environment
- 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
- 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.