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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 13:29 IST

Rajasthan: Cheetah from Kuno National Park enters Baran, brought back

A team from Kuno National Park and Forest Department of Baran district on Tuesday repatriated Cheetah 'Agni' from Baran.

Reported by: Digital Desk
Rajasthan: Cheetah from Kuno National Park enters Baran, brought back
Rajasthan: Cheetah from Kuno National Park enters Baran, brought back | Image:ANI
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Madhya Pradesh:  A team from Kuno National Park and Forest Department of Baran district on Tuesday repatriated Cheetah 'Agni' from Baran, Rajasthan, after the Cheetah escaped from the Kuno National Park. 

Two male Cheetahs, Agni and Vayu, were successfully released in the Parond Forest area of Kuno National Park on December 17. 

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Since then, the tracking team of Kuno National Park constantly kept an eye on the Cheetahs' after Agni managed to escape the Kuno area and wander into Baran which has a contiguous border with Kunoh. 

Cheetah Agni, passed through the forests of Shivpuri in Madhya Pradesh and reached the forests of Kelwara in the Baran district.

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Cheetah experts and the forest department team then reached Baran for the operation with half a dozen vehicles for the repatriation operation. Baran DFO Deepak Gupta and Ranger Tarun Rawat were present during the trekking and repatriation operation.

DFO Deepak Gupta said, "A cheetah had strayed from Kuno National Park and reached the forests of Baran, which was rescued by the team and taken to Kuno National Park. The forest of Kuno National Park and the forest of Baran district have the same border, both are adjacent to each other, hence many times wild animals move from there to here and from here to there. Even a fortnight ago, the movement of a Cheetah was seen in the forests of the Shahabad area but it died a few days ago."

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The release of the Cheetahs on December 17 is part of the 'Cheetah Reintroduction Project' and allows tourists to see the animals in the designated area. 

Last year on 17 September 2022, 8 Cheetahs were brought to Kuno National Park from Namibia. Those Cheetahs were released in Kuno National Park in the presence of the Prime Minister. In the second batch, 12 Cheetahs were taken from South Africa, but out of these 20 Cheetahs 8 have died. Subsequently, twelve cheetahs from South Africa were also translocated and released in Kuno National Park in February 2023.

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 13:25 IST

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