The authorities brought eight cheetahs from Namibia in a cargo aircraft to Gwalior. The journey was a part of the project of inter-continental translocation of cheetahs.
Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi introduces eight cheetahs in the Kuno National Park of Madhya Pradesh. The day also marks his 72nd birthday.
The concerned authorities have brought three male and five female cheetahs from Namibia of Africa. The mission was a part of the government-initiated Project Cheetah. It depicts the government’s aim to diversify and revitalize the habitat and wildlife of the country.
The eight cheetahs came from Africa to Gwalior in a cargo aircraft as part of the inter-continental translocation project.
Why is the translocation of the Cheetah necessary?
The cheetah got extinct from Indian wildlife in 1952. The government signed a memorandum of understanding to bring cheetahs to India this year. These top predators will aid in the restoration of grassland and open forest ecosystems in India. They also play a lead role in the conservation of biodiversity. Moreover, they enhance and promote ecosystem services such as soil moisture conservation, carbon sequestration, and water security.
What is Project Cheetah?
The Indian government decided to launch an ambitious conservation mission for cheetahs. It involved the reintroduction of this species according to the guidelines of the IUCN or International Union for Conservation for Nature.
India has a wide range of wildlife, and its history of conservation of wildlife goes deep. Similarly, Project Tiger became one of the most fruitful wildlife conservation missions, which was launched in 1972.
Kuno National Park is under heavy security
The forest officials have done robust arrangements to prevent illegal activities around Kuno National Park. They have installed radio collars on all eight cheetahs to monitor their movement and health through satellite. In addition, they have created a dedicated team for each cheetah to monitor its 24 hours location.
Activities like poaching and hunting are the major threat to the population of wild animals in India.
All about Kuno National Park
The Kuno National Park is in northwards to the Vindhyachal mountain ranges. It covers an area of around 344.687 square kilometers. According to a forest official, the name of the park is after the name of Kuno River, which is a tributary of Chambal.
The population of Cheetah in India
The last living cheetah died in 1947 in India in the Korea district, which is now in Chhattisgarh. Earlier, this place was under the state of Madhya Pradesh. As a result, the species got extinct from the country in 1952.
The government of India in 2009 conceived the idea of introducing African Cheetah into the country. It decided to launch an African Cheetah Introduction Project and planned to bring back the big cat in November 2021. However, the mission went on a setback because of the COVID-19 pandemic.