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Three African cheetahs now on display at Mysuru zoo

16th October, 2020 Biodiversity

Context: The century-old Mysuru zoo has become the second Indian zoo to house the famed African cheetahs as the fastest land animals were released for public display.

  • A male and two female cheetahs that were received from a Cheetah conservation centre in South Africa under an animal exchange programme have been displayed in a specially-built enclosure.

Mysore Zoo or Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens

  • It is zoo located near the palace in Mysore, India.
  • It is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in India, and is home to a wide range of species.
  • It was created from the private menagerie of Maharaja Sri Chamaraja Wodeyar in 1892, on 10 acres (4.0 ha) of the summer palace.

African cheetahs

  • The Southeast African cheetah is native to East and Southern Africa.
  • It is a vulnerable subspecies.
  • Threatened due to
    • poaching, habitat loss, and lack of prey.
    • Indiscriminate capture and removal of wild cheetahs
    • Reduction in the genetic diversity in the wild due to captivity breeding and inbreeding.