Delhi: Cheetahs on Indian soil after 70 years. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released eight cheetahs brought from Namibia at Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Modi also captured pictures of the cheetahs released on his camera. After a month of quarantine in a designated area, the cheetahs will be released into Kuno National Park for free roaming. After that, a special team is assigned to monitor each cheetah.
Cheetahs were declared extinct in the country in 1952. A special flight with 8 cheetahs that left Namibia yesterday arrived at Gwalior airport this morning. The cheetahs flew to India on a specially equipped Boeing 747 operated by Moldovan Airlines called Terra Avia. The flight was in special cages made of wood. A team of experts, including doctors, were also present. Five female cheetahs and three male cheetahs arrived in India. Then he was flown to Koono National Park in Air Force special helicopters.
Two to six-year-old cheetahs have left the African grasslands and reached India. Two of the male cheetahs are brothers. They were captured from Otjiwarongo Reserve. Male cheetahs are born in a single litter and live together for life. That is the reason for sending the brothers together. The third male cheetah is from Erindi Reserve. age four years. The first female cheetah in the herd was rescued by the Cheetah Conservation Fund in south-eastern Namibia.
This cheetah, which escaped from a forest fire where its mother died, has been in CCF's special conservation centre since September 2020. A second female cheetah was captured in July 2022 on the private land of a Namibian businessman. The third female cheetah is from Erindi Reserve. A fourth cheetah was found dead on a farm in 2017. After that, the CCF was under protection.
The last cheetah in the group was captured in February 2019 in northwestern Namibia. All eight people were brought into the plane under sedation after the necessary injections and tests. Special tracking devices are also attached to the body for further monitoring.