Cheetah In India: After 70 years, cheetahs are going to step in India. On the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday, 8 cheetahs from Namibia will reach Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on 17 September. Of these, three are males and five are females.
Experts say that these cheetahs will help in the restoration of open forest and grassland ecosystem in India. These will help in the conservation of biodiversity and enhance ecosystem services such as water security, carbon sequestration and soil moisture conservation, which will benefit the society at large.
But the question is, how did cheetahs cease to exist from India? After all, who was the person who hunted the last 3 cheetahs of the country and why in 70 years why cheetahs could not be brought to India and now how are African cheetahs coming to India? In this report, we will tell you the complete story of cheetahs coming to India.
3 cheetahs were last seen in India in 1948
Cheetahs were last seen in India in 1948. There is no information about the sighting of cheetahs after 1948. King Ramanuj Pratap hunted 3 cheetahs. India declared the cheetah extinct in 1952. Although after this many attempts were made to bring cheetahs to India, but they could not succeed.
Iran had earlier offered
In the 1970s, the Shah of Iran had talked about sending cheetahs to India. But they wanted lions from India in return. Due to some reasons his offer could not be fulfilled.
Why was the path of cheetahs difficult in India?
The Government of India enacted the Wildlife Protection Act which was implemented in 1972. According to the Act, hunting of any wild animal anywhere in the country was prohibited. After this, protected areas for wild animals were created in the country. But people almost forgot the cheetahs.
Then in 2009, there was a voice regarding cheetahs. When the Wildlife Trust of India held a two-day international workshop in Gajner, Rajasthan. In this there was a demand to bring back the cheetahs in India.
The demand for bringing cheetahs to India in 2009 is now going to be fulfilled. At present, there is an agreement with Namibia for the cheetahs for the next five years. This will be the first time since 1952 that cheetahs can be seen up close in India.
Birthday gift of PM Modi!
According to the information, all the cheetahs will reach Kuno National Park exactly 4 hours before PM Modi’s program. It is estimated that cheetahs will be in Kuno on the morning of 17 September. During this, PM Modi himself will release these cheetahs from the cage in the forest.
During the program, the stage of PM Modi will be about 12 feet high. There will be cheetahs in a 6 feet cage just below the platform. A quarantine center has been built for cheetahs 50 feet away from the stage. PM Modi will open the gate of cheetah cages at 12:5 minutes. After some time the cheetahs will be in the Quarantine Center.
Why is it suitable?
Kuno National Park was chosen because there is no shortage of food for cheetahs here. That is, there are animals worth hunting in sufficient quantity. Apart from this, 181 cheetals have also been transported from other sanctuaries to Kuno. It is being told that the environment of Kuno National Park is also favorable for African cheetahs. There is very little movement of humans in this national park spread over 748 square kilometers.
Tourists will increase in Kuno
It is believed that after the shift of cheetahs to Kuno National Park, the number of tourists here will increase rapidly. At present, there is only one resort for tourists to stay in Kuno Park. But it is believed that now if tourists come to see cheetahs, their number will increase.
These are the characteristics of this big cat
- animal running at 120 kmph
- A cheetah can jump up to 7 meters while running.
- Cheetah stays in the air half the time when running
- Cheetah never hunts humans
- Cheetah always likes to live on green grass
Special aircraft will reach Gwalior instead of Jaipur
The route of the special aircraft bringing cheetahs from Namibia to India has been changed. Now this aircraft will be landed in Gwalior of Madhya Pradesh instead of Rajasthan’s capital Jaipur.
Project Cheetah chief SP Yadav said, “A special charter cargo flight of cheetahs coming from Namibia will now land in Gwalior, first it was supposed to land in Jaipur on September 17, then a helicopter from Gwalior will be brought to Kuno National Park Sheopur.”
16 hours non-stop journey
Eight cheetahs will be released in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park on September 17, the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These three male and five female cheetahs are being brought to India from Namibia. A Boeing 747 special plane has arrived to bring them to Namibia’s Husia Kotaco International Airport. According to sources, these cheetahs will be brought from Namibia to India without stopping after traveling for 16 hours. This jumbo plane has been selected to bring the cheetahs so that they do not have to stop on the way for refueling.
cheetah will go hungry
According to a senior forest department official, feral cats will have to spend their entire air transit period on an empty stomach.
MP Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) JS Chauhan told PTI that as a precaution it is mandatory that the animal should be eaten on an empty stomach while starting the journey. He said the cheetahs would not be given any food during their journey from Namibia to the national park. Chouhan said such precautions need to be taken as long journeys can cause nausea-like feeling in animals which can lead to other complications.
Chouhan said they would reach the helipad at Kuno-Palpur after about an hour’s journey after shifting the cheetahs from the cargo plane to the helicopter and completing other formalities.
To satisfy the hunger of cheetahs, 181 cheetals were sent to Kuno
In order to satisfy the hunger of cheetahs being brought to India by special aircraft from Namibia, 181 cheetahs have been sent to the Kuno National Park. These cheetals have been sent from Chidikho Sanctuary at Narsinghgarh in Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh to Kuno National Park in Sheopur district.
Satellite radio collar will be around everyone’s neck
According to the information, satellite radio collar will be worn around the neck of each of these cheetahs. So that the location of these cheetahs can be tracked in Kuno Sanctuary. Employees will be appointed for this work, who can keep an eye on the movement of these cheetahs.
Prosperity in the nearby village, but fear is also present
Tiktoli village is near the Tiktoli Gate of Kuno National Park, where the population is around 300. Where there is still a lack of facilities. It is believed that along with cheetahs, prosperity will also come in this village. However, the people of Tiktoli and nearby villages fear that cheetahs may harm their cattle. Regarding this, the Forest Department has formed Cheetah Friends, who will tell the local people about the cheetah.
75 crores will be spent on cheetahs in five years
A total of Rs 75 crore will be spent on cheetahs brought from Namibia to India in five years. For this MoU has been signed between Indian Oil Corporation and Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. 50 crore in five years, while the other expenditure will be done by the ministry.