Discuss the reasons for extinction of Asiatic cheetah in India.
Ans. Asiatic cheetahs are the fastest mammals on land and can move about 112 km/hr. For this much agility they need a vast stretch of dense forest to move freely. But deforestation, especially depletion of dense forest made much damage to their natural habitat. Again deforestation and expansion of human habitat also destroy habitat for other smaller creatures on whom these big cats prey on. Lack of prey and habitat are now major reasons. Besides these throat perceptions, unwanted poaching kills many of these species and the rate of mortality was quite higher than rate of fertility which led to extinction of the unique Asiatic cheetah in India.