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India, Jan 28 (Canadian-Media): The Supreme Court of India's decision to reintroduce Cheetah, an endangered species, in India 70 years after they were wiped out, on an experimental basis to find out if it could adapt to Indian conditions, was welcomed by India's former environment minister Jairam Ramesh, media reports said.
Cheetahs. Image credit: Facebook page of Cheetah Conservation Fund
Almost all of 7,100 cheetahs left in the wild are in Africa.
The Asiatic cheetahs, which once roamed parts of India, only 50 remaining ones are now only found in Iran.
Cheetah is the only large mammal to become extinct after the country gained independence in 1947.
According to research at least 200 cheetahs were killed in India, largely by sheep and goat herders, during the colonial period.
Akbar, during his rule in India from 1556-1605, had recorded that there were 10,000 cheetahs.
Much later, research suggested the number of cheetahs had dropped to a couple of hundred by the 19th Century and was reportedly sighted for the last time in India in 1967-68.