Cheetahs brought from Namibia by Charter Cargo flight Boeing 747

16 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, will release cheetahs in Madhya Pradesh's Kuno National Park, and preparations are being made to reintroduce the animals to the nation after nearly 70 years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, will release cheetahs in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park, and preparations are being made to reintroduce the animals to the nation after nearly 70 years. To celebrate his birthday and as part of his attempts to revitalise and diversify the nation’s wildlife and ecosystem, Prime Minister Modi will release eight cheetahs that he imported from Namibia in Kuno National Park.

PM will release two cheetahs from cage number one, and then, around 70 metres away in enclosure number two, the PM will release another cheetah, according to SP Yadav, the director of the cheetah project and a member secretary of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). In the special quarantine enclosures created for them, the surviving cheetahs will be released.

According to Yadav, cheetahs are being brought into the nation from Namibia via a specially chartered cargo Boeing 747 that will touch down in India on September 17 in the morning.

SP Yadav stated, “Cheetahs are being transported by a specially chartered Boeing -747 cargo aircraft. We chose this aircraft since it is larger and will arrive in India without stopping to refuel. There will be eight cheetahs on this customized aircraft. Our three Indian scientists, physicians, and officers will be boarding the plane from Namibia along with crew members, officers, veterinary doctors, wildlife experts, and cheetah experts.”

He further stated “Laurie Marker, a cheetah expert, will be joined by three additional biologists, and all these people will arrive by chartered flight. Special wooden kits have been used to bring Cheetah, which is made in accordance with the international standards, and which has the facility of air movement.”

Additionally, the charter jet carrying Cheetah is anticipated to leave Namibia by this evening and arrive in India the next day, according to the Cheetah Project Chief.

It is expected that on September 17, a special charter cargo aeroplane carrying cheetahs from Namibia will now land directly in Gwalior instead of the original plan of landing in Jaipur.

Cheetah Project Chief remarked, “On September 17, a special charter cargo flight carrying cheetahs from Namibia will now land in Gwalior instead of the original planned destination of Jaipur. They will be taken from the chartered flight at Gwalior when all the necessary customs, immigration, and animal husbandry procedures have been completed. After completing these processes, an Air Force chopper will transport them directly to Kuno National Park.”

The reintroduction of wild species, in particular the cheetah, is being carried out under the ambitious Project Cheetah initiative of the Indian government in accordance with IUCN recommendations.

India has a long tradition of protecting animals. Project Tiger, one of the most effective efforts to conserve wildlife, was started back in 1972 and has helped to preserve not only tigers but also the entire ecosystem.

In keeping with this, the reintroduction of the cheetah, which we recently lost, is a significant development in India’s history of wildlife protection.