- The cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is one of the oldest of the big cat species.
- The cheetah is also the world’s fastest land mammal.
- It is listed as vulnerable in IUCN red listed species
- The country’s last spotted feline died in Chhattisgarh in 1947. Later, the cheetah was declared extinct in India in 1952
- The Asiatic cheetah is classified as a “critically endangered” species by the IUCN Red List, and is believed to survive only in Iran.
- Now they are being reintroduced to the Kuno-Palpur Wildlife Sanctuary, Madhya Pradesh
Classification of Cheetah:
|Parameter||African Cheetah||Indian Cheetah|
|IUCN status||Vulnerable||Critically endangered|
|Numbers||Around 6500-7000||Only 40-50 found in Iran|
|Physical characteristics||Bigger in size than the Asian cheetah||Smaller and paler than African cheetah and looks more like a cat with smaller head and longer neck|