Friday, May 27, 2016

Indian cheetahs

The reintroduction of cheetahs in India involves the artificial reestablishment of a population of Asiatic cheetahs into areas where they had previously existed but were hunted to extinction in 1950 due to British colonials and Indian royalty. Apart of the reintroduction process is the identification and restoration of their former grassland scrub forests. This is within the scope of the duties of the local forest department of each state, where relocation occurs, through the Central government funding. There are a lot of pictures of cheetahs in India taken in 1897 like this one. Today, the cheetah only lives in Iran. Until the 20th century, the cheetah was quite common and roamed all the way from Israel, the Arabian peninsula to Iran, Afghanistan, and India and ranged as far South as Tamil Nadu. During the early 2000's, scientists were planing to clone the Asian cheetah back to India. The Ancient Indians had a great respect of cheetahs calling it "Hunting leopard". People are also trying to clone wolves back to Ireland. It is said that Iran wanted the Asiatic lion in exchange for the cheetah and was not willing to export any of its lions. In 2009, the Indian government contacted Iran again to explore the possibility of Iran supplying cheetahs to help to reestablish their presence of the subcontinent decades after they were hunted to extinction. The Iranian embassy in Delhi had said that its government was in the process of arranging talks. Lions and cheetahs coexist in all places but are now in different parts of Asia and are extinct in North America.

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