New Delhi: Cheetah is the fastest predator in the world, which attacks its prey at a speed of about 100 kilometers per hour. These sharp predators, which once existed in India, were declared extinct in the year 1952. The Indian government is reintroducing the big cat to the country after 75 years of extinction. It is bringing in eight African cheetahs from Namibia, a country more than 8000 km away. The plan for the moment is that a civilian aircraft will bring the cheetahs to Jaipur from where Chinook helicopters of the Indian Air Force will take them to Kuno National Park. Prime Minister Modi will release them in quarantine enclosures on the same day as part of the cheetah reintroduction programme.
In today’s DNA, Rohit Ranjan of Zee News will analyze the historical reintroduction of the cheetah in India after 75 years.
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The Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh was chosen as the home of these cheetahs based on the climatic conditions. Also, the park’s trees, temperatures, and weather are very similar to the Namibian forests. Apart from this, there is a sufficient amount of hunting and water for them in this national park. There are also a good number of chital, reindeer and other herbivorous animals that cheetahs like to hunt.
A total of 8 cheetahs are coming from Namibia, including 5 female and 3 male. Cameras have been installed in the national park to monitor them along with other surveillance equipment. A tracker band connected to the GPS will be fitted around the neck of these big cats.
All preparations have been made to welcome these guests coming from Namibia to Kuno National Park. Cheetah will once again roam on Indian soil after 75 years on 17th September.
Please check out tonight’s special edition of DNA for more in-depth information and other details.