Conservation and Wildlife

South Africa to export cheetahs to India

specie expected to improve in Asia

World’s fastest land animal, the Cheetah is about being reintroduced to India.

A centre is planning to import Cheetahs from South Africa for the reintroduction of the species in the giant Asian country. Foreign Office consultations between the two countries are ongoing on the entire spectrum of bilateral ties.

“Both sides reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations covering political exchanges, defence, economic and commercial issues, consular matters, cooperation in the field of agriculture, health, energy and minerals, human resource development, art, culture, sports and import of Cheetahs from South Africa for reintroduction in India,”  the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement.

Besides import of Cheetahs, both sides reviewed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations. The two sides also reviewed the status of MOUs/agreements under negotiation and agreed to expedite their finalization for the mutual benefit of both countries. In light of the upcoming completion of 30 years of ties between the two countries, it was decided to celebrate the occasion suitably, both in India and South Africa, through cultural and sports events and other activities.

During the consultations, both sides expressed satisfaction over the growth in bilateral trade which touched USD 17 billion in 2021-22 and agreed on the importance of further diversifying their trade. Both sides also discussed regional issues, global developments and issues of common interest including the situation in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the Cheetah, a specie well favoured in the savanah would certainly adapt fast in India and with time the specie may be buoyant provided all things being equal.



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