Sakkarbaug Zoo to have two pairs of African cheetah

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Junagadh (Gujarat), Jun 11 (UNI) The Sakkarbaug Zoo will soon have two pairs of cheetahs from Singapore Zoo, as per exchange agreements of wild animals made between authorities of the two zoos.

The officials of Sakkarbaug Zoo will soon visit Singapore Zoo to complete the formalities for bringing the four African cheetahs here, in exchange of a couple of lions from Sakkarbaug Zoo, as the former does not have Asiatic Lions, the Gujarat Forest Official sources said.

Like Asiatic lions, the African cheetahs are also on the verge of extinction in Asia, except in Iran, where the fastest wild-cat is still found in the forests. Even in India, cheetahs were not found in last three-four decades, sources said.

This is the first instance when the state government is sending wild animals to a foreign country. So far, the exchange programmes were being carried out, in consultation with National Zoo Authority, within Indian Zoos.

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