PM Modi to release Namibia cheetahs in MP’s Kuno National Park today

17 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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On his 72nd birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release eight cheetahs into Madhya Pradesh's Kuno National Park.

On his 72nd birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release eight cheetahs into Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park.

In an effort to revitalise and diversify the nation’s fauna and environment, the government has imported the cheetahs from Namibia in Africa (5 females and 3 males). In Gwalior, the eight cheetahs were transported via cargo plane as part of a transcontinental cheetah translocation initiative. Later, the cheetahs were flown from Gwalior Air Force Station to Kuno National Park by Indian Air Force helicopters.

Cheetah was deemed extinct since 1952 in India.

An MoU that was reached earlier this year allows for the importation of cheetahs.

Cheetahs will aid in the restoration of India’s open forest and grassland ecosystems, assist to preserve biodiversity, and improve ecosystem services including soil moisture conservation, water security, and carbon sequestration.

PM Modi will release two cheetahs from enclosure number one, according to SP Yadav, the project’s director, and then move on to release another cheetah at enclosure number two, which is around 70 metres distant.

The reintroduction of wild animals, notably the cheetah, is being carried out under the ambitious Project Cheetah 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 just tigers but also the entire ecosystem.

In keeping with this, the reintroduction of cheetahs represents a significant development in India’s history of animal protection.