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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 09:03 IST

Cheetah Reintroduction Project: Two male cheetahs released in MP's Kuno National Park

The release added that this is the part of "Cheetah Reintroduction Project" and will allow the tourists to see the animals in their designated area.

Reported by: Tanisha Rajput
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Bhopal: Tourists in the Ahera Tourism Zone of Kuno National Park, Shivpuir in Madhya Pradesh can now see two male cheetahs, Agni and Vayu, when visiting the wildlife park, making a historic wildlife moment.

The release from the Forest Department said, "On December 17, two male cheetahs, Agni and Vayu, were successfully released in the Parond Forest area of Coon National Park. Both the cheetahs are completely healthy. Parond Forest Area is under the Ahera Tourism Zone. With the presence of cheetahs in the tourist zone, tourists will now be able to see cheetahs."

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The release added that this is the part of "Cheetah Reintroduction Project" and will allow the tourists to see the animals in their designated area.

These cheetahs represent a big feather in India's aim of restoring natural treasures in the country. Earlier, India's ambitious project Cheetah was completed one year after the first batch of eight cheetahs was released in the Kuno National Park on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday on September 17, 2022.

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Furthermore, 12 cheetahs from South Africa were released in February 2023.

The Forest and Climate Change stated that the entire cheetah project was implemented under the meticulous supervision of expert teams consisting of scientists, wildlife biologists, government officials and biologists belonging to Namibia, South Africa and India.

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The Ministry of Environment stated, "The challenging inter-continental, wild to wild, Cheetah translocation by air, from Namibia and South Africa to India is the first ever such effort undertaken in the world to rectify the ecological wrong done in the past. Normally, intercontinental long-distance cheetah translocations have an inherent risk of mortality; however, 8 cheetahs from Namibia and 12 cheetahs from South Africa were successfully translocated to Kuno National Park without any mortality."

The project has mobilised the locals and also provided a livelihood through direct or indirect employment. Being a long-term plan, it aims to bring 12-14 cheetahs from African countries in the next 5 years.

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(With ANI inputs)

 

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Published December 18th, 2023 at 08:45 IST

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