After the shifting of cheetah from African country, three cheetahs and as many cubs died at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. The cubs and wild cat died in three months, confirmed Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav. He further said, "We take responsibility for whatever happened." However, the Union Minister asserted that the translocation project will be a major success.
Govt Uses ‘Super Sniffer’ Dog Squad To Protect Namibian Cheetahs From Poachers At Kuno National Park
In Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park, the government has introduced “super sniffer” dog squad to protect the newly introduced Namibian cheetahs from poachers. Notably, five-month-old German Shepherd ‘Ilu’, is undergoing training at Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force’s National Training Centre, and will soon join the “super sniffer” dog squad. This is to protect the cheetahs from wildlife traffickers, and poachers.
Cheetahs have officially been reintroduced in India, with PM Modi releasing the eight imported cheetahs into the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on September 17, on the occasion of PM Modi’s birthday. Cheetahs were declared extinct in India in 1952, but has not been imported from Africa’s Namibia, as part of Indian government’s “Project Cheetah”. Reportedly, the cheetahs were transported to Gwalior in a cargo aircraft.
Cheetah, which has been extinct in India for almost 50 years, is expected to make a comeback to India on September 17. Reportedly, eight cheetahs including five males and three females will be reintroduced in India. PM Modi will inaugurate the ceremony scheduled at Kuno National Park. The cheetahs are reportedly being brought in using a chartered cargo plane. Further details are awaited.
The Indian Oil Corporation Limited has announced to contribute Rs 50.22 crore over a period of five years, for the relocation of cheetahs from Africa to India. The cheetahs will be relocated from Namibia and South Africa to the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Under the said reintroduction of cheetahs project, 15-20 cheetahs will be transported to Kuno National Park.
India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Namibia, seeking to reintroduce cheetahs into the country after seven decades. By August 15, Madhya Pradesh's Kuno National Park is likely to receive the first tranche of cheetahs. A draft agreement has been signed for the trade of 12 cheetahs, and the final one is likely to be signed soon. Reportedly, India is trying to get the cheetahs before 75th Independence Day.
Courtesy: Hindustan Times