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NTCA States that Cheetahs Kept at Nauradehi Sanctuary

Published on February 25, 2019
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has stated in the Supreme Court that Spotted Cheetahs being translocated from Namibia would be kept at Nauradehi Sanctuary
 NTCA States that Cheetahs Kept at Nauradehi Sanctuary
in Madhya Pradesh.

More Details:

  • NTCA even stated that the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has given no objection for the translocation and the decision to reintroduce spotted Cheetahs in India was supported by Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun.

Sad to know:

  • India's last spotted Cheetah had died in 1947.
  • In 1952, the animal was declared extinct in the country.

About the Cheetah Re-introduction Project:

  • The Central Government had set up an expert panel for reintroducing the Cheetah in India.
  • The panel recommended that the home of the fastest animal could be Kuno Palpur in Madhya Pradesh, Velavadar National Park in Gujarat and Tal Chapar sanctuary in Rajasthan.
  • NTCA, a statutory body under Union Environment Ministry had committed Rs.50 crore to State for this project in the year 2011.
  • Cheetah Re-introduction Project was conceived in the year 2012.
  • But the activists went to the Supreme Court against the decision and the Supreme Court appointed a panel to review the project.
  • The Supreme Court appointed panel advised against the reintroduction citing "India does not have habitat and prey density" to support Cheetahs.
  • The report even accused government-run institutions of "incorrectly compressing" data to get the approval of the apex court to seek the reintroduction of the big cat from Africa. As a result, the project had gone into dead storage.
  • In the year 2018, the Government of Madhya Pradesh wrote to NTCA to revive the project.
  • The NTCA has approached the Supreme Court seeking a clarification that there is no blanket ban of the apex court on re-introduction of Cheetahs in the country.


Q. As per a statement by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in the Supreme Court, the Spotted Cheetahs being translocated from Namibia would be kept at which sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh?
a. Nauradehi Sanctuary

b. Bandhavgarh Sanctuary
c. Bharatpur Sanctuary
d. Kaziranga Sanctuary
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