India and Namibia signed a memorandum of understanding for reintroduction of cheetahs into the historical range in India. First batch of eight cheetahs comprising four male and as many female cheetahs are expected to arrive in India before Independence Day. The cheetahs will be released in Kuno National Park, Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh. India plans to introduce 8-10 cheetahs every year with a total 50 from Namibia, South Africa and other African countries over the next five years. Besides Namibia and South Africa, cheetahs are also found in Botswana and Zimbabwe. “The MoU seeks to promote conservation and restoration of cheetahs in their former range from where the species went extinct,” tweeted environment minister
Bhupender Yadav after signing the MoU with the deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Namibia Netumbo Nandi Ndaitwah. Under the MoU, both the countries will also collaborate in areas of climate change, environmental governance, environmental impact assessments, pollution and waste management and other areas of mutual interest.