Project Cheetah: KNP Welcomes Second Batch of Cheetahs from South Africa
SHEOPUR: In a significant step towards the reintroduction of Cheetahs into the Indian ecosystem initiated by the Modi Govt, CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan along with Union Minister for Environment and Forests Bhupender Yadav released the second batch of 12 big cats into their quarantine enclosures in Kuno National Park (KNP) in Sheopur.
Twelve cheetahs- including seven males and five females from South Africa- arrived in India on Saturday, months after eight cheetahs were ferried from Namibia.
With the addition of these 12 members, the count of cheetahs at the KNP has gone up to 20, said CM Chouhan as he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Today, the number of cheetahs is going to increase in Kuno National Park. I thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the bottom of my heart, this is his vision. 12 cheetahs will be released in Kuno and their number will increase to 20. The cheetahs are completely healthy,” CM Chouhan said.
A special aircraft from the IAF was engaged in the intercontinental translocation project which arrived at Hindon Air base in Gwalior today morning. They were then flown to KNP on Saturday afternoon in four army chinook helicopters.