After a long wait of 75 years, cheetahs returned to India on Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav year

Scientists aim to determine whether a predator population can be restored to the place where it was hunted to extinction.

A cheetah and its two grown cubs at the Cheetah Conservation Fund’s enclosure in Namibia. The organization is the main partner in the relocation of eight cheetahs to India this weekend.

Leopards once surrounded India among lions, tigers and leopards. They appear in ancient Hindu texts and cave paintings and are woven into centuries-old tapestries. The Mughal emperor Akbar kept 1,000 cheetahs in his stables.

But for 75 years – the entirety of its existence as an independent nation – India has been devoid of cheetahs, the world’s fastest land animal.

That changed on Saturday, when eight cheetahs arrived in India after a flight from Africa, marking the beginning of a great untested experiment for the world: whether an apex predator population can be brought back to the place where it was long ago extinct. was hunted.

The big cats boarded a Boeing 747 in Namibia on Friday and arrived in India on Saturday morning. Thereafter, they were taken by a military plane to their new home, Kuno National Park, in a river valley where yellow butterflies were surrounded by miles of greenery in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Species Reproduction Explained

Species reintroduction is the process by which a species re-establishes a population where they were previously driven out. It starts with choosing the person, making sure he or she is healthy, and then choosing where to leave it.

This activity acquires greater importance as increasing numbers of species are suffering and populations have been declining for decades, if not centuries. As the World Wildlife Federation states, “Life on Earth is threatened as much by loss of species and habitats as it is by climate change.”

Therefore, when conservationists and scientists are able to reintroduce animals to their natural environments with the help of ecological genius and luck, this effort should be appreciated and celebrated.

Through the reintroduction of species, thousands of birds, rodents and mammals are being given a new chance to thrive in the places they used to call home.

Now, that we understand the origins of species’ reproduction, here are some of the world’s most awe-inspiring examples of animals that were successfully reintroduced into the wild.