I am looking for a Sci Fi book I read many years ago. The synopsis is as follows:
- A guy discovered FTL drive or something and would share the secret under one condition. He was to be granted ownership of a new planet of his choosing. The planet would be very similar to Earth in topography.
- He wanted to remake the new planet for a place where Earth's declining animal species could be revived.
- He got the planet and started introducing animal species, including fish and water mammals.
- When one of the carnivorous cats (cheetah I believe), got sick from eating grass, he discovered that there was another species there that revered and would not allowed life to be destroyed.
- A compromise was worked out and everything was OK.