Asiatic Lions To Be Shifted From Gujarat To MP

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The Supreme Court on April 15 allowed translocation of Asiatic Lions from Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh, saying the species is under threat of extinction and needs a second home. A bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and C K Prasad has given six months time to the wildlife authorities concerned for trans-locating the lions. Currently, there are around 400 Asiatic lions in Gujarat’s Gir sanctuary.

The bench, however, said the introduction of African cheetahs in India from Namibia cannot be allowed, saying preservation of critically endangered native species, like the wild buffalo and the Great Indian Bustard, should be given primacy.

Under its Rs 300 crore Cheetah Reintroduction Programme, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had proposed the introduction of the African Cheetahs in the country.

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