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Cheetah In India

Cheetahs is India

Cheetahs in India went extinct in 1952 due to reckless hunting activities. The government is undertaking steps for the reintroduction of Cheetahs from Africa. However, the plan hit another roadblock in December 2021 due to the CoVID19 pandemic and subsequent travel restrictions in Namibia.


Physical Features of Cheetah

  • The cheetah is the fastest land animal. It has the fastest running speed record of 93 and 98 km/h (58 and 61 mph).

  • They belong to the Felidae family and are one of the big cats.

  • They have a small rounded head with a lightly built body and a roundly spotted coat.

  • Cheetahs have long thin limbs and long tails.


African Cheetah vs Asiatic Cheetah


  • African Cheetah

    • Scientific Name: Acinonyx Jubatus

    • They are found all over the African continent in thousands of numbers.

    • Their size is larger than the Asiatic counterpart.

    • They have slightly brownish and golden and relatively thicker skin.

    • They have much more prominent spots and lines on their face as compared to their Asian cousins.

    • African Cheetahs are listed as Vulnerable in the (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

                                African Cheetah                                                                                    Asiatic Cheetah

  • Asiatic Cheetah

    • Scientific Name: Acinonyx Jubatus Venaticus

    • They are found only in Iran with less than 100 individuals left.

    • They are slightly smaller than the African Cheetahs.

    • They have pale yellowish fawn coloured skin with more fur under their body, specifically on the belly.

    • They have much less prominent spots and lines on their face.

    • Asiatic Cheetahs  are listed as critically endangered species in the (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.


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