PM releases 8 cheetahs brought from Namibia at Kuno National Park in MP
Says Project Cheetah is our endeavour towards environment, wildlife conservation
Srinagar, , 17-Sept;Minister Narendra Modi today launched the world’s first Cheetah Rehabilitation Project by releasing eight cheetahs at Kuno National Park in Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh. These cheetahs have been brought from Namibia.
These cheetahs were first brought to Gwalior from Namibia by special aircraft and then brought to Kuno National Park by helicopter. It is worth mentioning that in the survey of potential areas conducted by Wildlife Institute of India for Cheetah Rehabilitation in India, out of 10 selected places in the country, Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh has been found to be the most suitable.
The area spread over 750 square kilometers of Kuno National Park is suitable for the habitat of about two dozen cheetahs.
Apart from this, a forest area of about three thousand square kilometers is also available for free movement of cheetahs in Sheopur and Shivpuri districts. The Governor and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and several Union Ministers were also present on the occassion.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister thanked the government of Namibia for help in programme to reintroduce cheetahs to India. He added that Cheetahs are our guests and they should be given a few months to make Kuno national park their home.