The Indian government launched a new Cheetah Task Force to overlook the big cat’s rehabilitation after being brought from Nambia. However, Yadavendradev Vikramsinh Jhala, the Dean of the Wildlife Institute of India and a well-known biologist, has not been given a spot on the government’s new Cheetah Task Force. It comes as a shocker since he has been in charge of India’s cheetah project for more than 13 years and brought the first group of animals from Namibia last month.
His exclusion has raised questions among both the netizens and wildlife enthusiasts because it was Jhala’s relentless efforts under various government programs that laid down the technical groundwork for the ambitious Cheetah project.
He has been contributing proactively since 2009, and he was a part of the Cheetah Task Force, which was set up in 2010 by conservationist MK Ranjitsinh. He has continued to be in charge of the project’s technical team since then.
When the first group of cheetahs finally left Namibia on September 16, Jhala took them to Kuno national park, where he took care of them in small enclosures called bomas. Before going on leave, he watched the cheetahs in Kuno for a week.
Upon contacting, Jhala refused to say anything.