Cheetahs return to India – level 3
After 70 years, eight radio-collared African cheetahs stepped onto the grassland of Kuno National Park in central India; the big cats disappeared from the wild here.
The animals made an 8,000-kilometer journey from Namibia, and the journey was the first for wild cheetahs to move across continents.
The cheetahs will run through 5,000 square kilometers of forest and grassland, and they’ll share the landscape with other animals. Next month, 12 more cheetahs from South Africa are expected to join them.
The high-profile project drew criticism from scientists and conservationists, who say the vanity project ignores the fact the African cheetah isn’t native to the Indian subcontinent. Some people also worry that the animals won’t have enough space to roam, and predators or people will eventually kill them.
Difficult words: high-profile (attraction of attention or publicity), conservationist (a person who actively protects the environment and wildlife), vanity (worthless or ridiculous).
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