With South Africa’s cheetah population growing at a rate of 8 per cent annually, it is in a position to try and help other countries whose cheetah populations are dwindling.
South African cheetahs sent to India and Mozambique
South Africa is flying cheetahs to India and Mozambique as part of ambitious efforts to reintroduce the distinctively spotted cats in regions where their population has dwindled.
Four cheetahs captured at reserves in South Africa have been flown to Mozambique this week after being held in quarantine for about a month and cleared for travel.
Conservationists are preparing to fly 12 more cheetahs, reputed to be the world’s fastest land mammals, to India in October.
Speaking shortly after those going to Mozambique were tranquilised and placed into crates, wildlife veterinarian Andy Frasier said the relocations are tough for the animals.