Cheetahs from Namibia came to India after 7 decades

Cheetahs from Namibia came to India after 7 decades

A modified Boeing aircraft which carries eight cheetahs from Namibia has landed to India today (i.e. 17th September) as part of the programme to reintroduce the feline in India after the extinction of it from seven decades.

A modified Boeing aircraft had taken off from the African country ‘Namibia’ that carried the cheetahs in special wooden crates during the around 10-hour journey.

The plane has landed at the Gwalior airbase in the morning of 17th September which is the day of 72nd birth anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Releasing ceremony:

  • Arrived Cheetahs to Kuno NationalPark in Madhya Pradesh is being released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday.
  • PM Narendra Modi will introduce three of the cheetahs in quarantine enclosures of the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The national park is situated in Madhya Pradesh’s Sheopur district that has placed around 165 km from Gwalior. The Kuno Park was opted as a home because of its abundant prey and grasslands.
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh has congratulated with his notation that no greater gift for Madhya Pradesh than this on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday and also stated that it is the ‘historic’ ferrying of the wild cats from Namibia to the Kuno National Park the biggest wildlife incident of the century.
  • This might be boost tourism in the state rapidly, especially in the Kuno-Palpur region.

Difficulties and Challenges:

  • Two days before the arrival of Cheetahs heavy rain lashed the Gwalior-Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh that hurdle the force to take cheetahs to their new home.
  • The ‘African Cheetah Introduction Project in India’ was conceived in 2009 and a plan to reintroduce the big cat by November last year but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was delayed.
  • Some critics warned on struggle for adapting to the habitat for cheetahs and even they clash with the significant number of leopards already present.

Image source – Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Extinction and vulnerable number of Cheetahs:

  • Before the declaration of extinction of Cheetahs from India by 1952, India was home to Asiatic cheetahs. The big cats are being brought to India from Namibia as part of an intercontinental translocation project.
  • It has to be considered that under the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and vulnerable, there are fewer than 7,000 cheetahs left around the world in which most of them in the African savannas.

Question & Answer:

Q1. How many Cheetahs have been brought in India recently?

Ans. Eight

Q2. Form which country India brought Cheetahs after long waiting period of time 7 decades?

Ans. Namibia

Q3. In which national park Cheetahs will be reintroduced in India?

Ans. Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh

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