Cheetahs need more space: Reintroduction in India must consider their spatial ecology

In autumn 2022 and winter 2023, a total of 20 cheetahs from Namibia and South Africa were introduced to Kuno National Park in India to establish a free-ranging population – for the first time since their extinction in India 70 years ago. Although the idea may be commendable, getting it right is not so easy. Scientists of the Cheetah Research Project of Leibniz-IZW in Namibia see shortcomings in the reintroduction plan. The cheetah population density planned for Kuno National Park exceeds the usual population densities of cheetahs, the team argues in a letter in the scientific journal “Conservation Science and Practice”.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft