Madhya Pradesh: 20 cheetahs rehabilitated in Kuno National Park
An ambitious project to reintroduce cheetahs in the country is progressing as expected. Under the project, a total of 20 cheetahs have been resettled in the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
Due to the carefully planned execution of the world’s largest and first transcontinental relocation plan focused on this wild and large carnivore species under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, all twenty cheetahs were safely translocated to the quarantine enclosures built in the Kuno National Park.
Currently, 7 cheetahs are living in an open forest area and 10 cheetahs are in adaptive enclosures in Kuno National Park. The world has also got a chance recently to see the four cubs of cheetahs born in India.
In view of the increasing number of cheetahs, the Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary located in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh is also being prepared as an alternative habitat by November this year.
It is not that everything is going as planned. The cheetah project has also faced some hurdles and three adults and three cubs have died so far due to climate change, weather, diseases and other reasons.
Although experts associated with this project say that this is normal and there is no need to worry about the success of this project at the moment. However, after the death of cheetahs, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has formed an 11-member Cheetah Project Steering Committee under the chairmanship of Rajesh Gopal, General Secretary of the Global Tiger Forum.
Meanwhile, Union Forest, Environment and Climate Change Minister Bhupendra Yadav will also visit Kuno National Park on June 6 to review the status and arrangements of the Cheetah Project.