The cheetah is the world's fastest land animal, able to run at speeds in excess of 75 mph. Sadly they weren't fast enough to escape the hunting and habitat loss that led to their extinction in the 1950s. During the last 70 years, their grassland ecosystems have suffered a serious loss of biodiversity because of the loss of their apex predator.
Now India's Ministry of the Environment is looking to some African friends to restore the savannas to their pre-human glory. Over the next five years, 50 Namibian cheetahs will be relocated to various parks in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. The African cheetahs are very closely related to Indian cheetahs. Each cheetah requires large grassland areas of up to 128,000 acres to survive.
Cheetahs are not considered to be a threat to humans or livestock.