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Govt in Parliament: Cheetah's died due to chronic renal failure and traumatic shock

The Ministry of Environment Ashwini Kumar Choubey shared distressing details about the recent deaths of several magnificent cheetahs.

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The Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change has responded to a query in the Rajya Sabha, where Minister of State Ashwini Kumar Choubey shared distressing details about the recent deaths of several magnificent cheetahs.

The deaths have raised concerns about the reasons behind these tragic incidents, raising questions about the steps being taken to protect and sustain the cheetah population in India.

Details of Cheetah deaths

Sl. No. Name of Cheetah Date of Death Reason for Death
1. Sasha 27.03.2023 Chronic Renal Failure
2. Uday 23.04.2023 Cardiopulmonary Failure
3. Daksha 09.05.2023 Traumatic Shock
4. Tejas 11.07.2023 Traumatic Shock (Preliminary Necropsy Report)
5. Suraj 14.07.2023 Traumatic Shock (Preliminary Necropsy Report)
3 Indian born cubs 23.05.2023 Heat Stroke

In response to the dire situation, the Ministry has outlined a comprehensive scientific action plan based on the guidelines set by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the reintroduction of cheetahs in India. The action plan targets specific sites for cheetah introductions, considering factors such as habitat suitability, prey availability, and effective protection measures.

Cheetah introduction potential sites include Kuno National Park, Nauradehi Wildlife Sanctuary, and Gandhi Sagar Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. Additionally, Shahgarh Bulge, Bhainsrorgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, and enclosures in the Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan are among the locations deemed suitable for this crucial conservation effort.

However, the success of this endeavor hinges on the continued availability of cheetahs from African countries for sourcing and the implementation of robust habitat protection measures.

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