Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno Nationwide Park on Saturday welcomed eight cheetahs from Namibia as a part of a authorities’s venture to reintroduce the feline in India after they grew to become extinct right here seven many years in the past.
Three of the eight cheetahs have been launched right into a particular enclosure on the Kuno Nationwide Park by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who can also be celebrating his birthday in the present day. He additionally took some pictures of the cheetahs after releasing them.
The eight cheetahs – 5 females and three males – can be saved within the quarantine enclosure for a couple of month earlier than being launched within the open forest areas of the park.
The Prime Minister termed “Venture Cheetah”, the first-of-its-kind intercontinental translocation venture, because the centre’s endeavour in direction of setting and wildlife conservation. He was accompanied by Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
PM Modi mentioned that the cheetahs, aged between two and 5 and a half, could take a couple of months to adapt to new habitat. “The residents should present endurance, watch for a couple of months to see the cheetahs launched within the Kuno Nationwide Park. Immediately, these cheetahs have come as our visitors, unaware of this space. We’ve got to provide a couple of months to those cheetahs too to make Kuno Nationwide Park their house,” he mentioned.
The massive cats have been dropped at Gwalior from Namibia in a particular cargo flight this morning and later flown to the Kuno Nationwide Park in two Indian Air Pressure helicopters.
India previously was house to Asiatic cheetahs, however the species was declared extinct domestically by 1952. PM Modi mentioned it was unlucky that no constructive efforts have been made to reintroduce them in India for many years.
The cheetah is listed globally as “weak” on the Worldwide Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pink Checklist of Threatened Species. In North Africa and Asia it’s “critically endangered”.