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Recently court accepted the plea and ordered the introduction of Cheetahs from Namibia to India, after they became extinct way back in 1947

Backgrounder

The same court observed in its 2013 order restraining the Environment Ministry from importing African cheetahs into Kuno, Madhya Pradesh, that there are many seriously threatened Indian species such as the lion, the Great Indian Bustard, Bengal florican, the dugong, and Manipur brow antlered deer which deserve immediate conservation action

Concerns

  • Man­-animal conflicts is an area of concern, as a growing human population lives cheek by jowl with tigers, leopards and long ­ranging creatures such as elephants.
  • Material extraction including minerals is going on close to protected areas, and fresh roads are sought to be built through even tiger territory, making pristine rewilding an incongruous concept.
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