Bhopal: After being extinct for over 70 years, Cheetahs will roam in the forests of India for the first time.
A group of 8 Cheetahs have been brought from Namibia for the ambitious Cheetah reintroduction project. Cheetahs were released at Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday on Saturday.
They will undergo a month-long quarantine before being released in a national park.
At least 20 cheetahs will be brought to India from South Africa and Namibia. In the first batch of eight cheetahs which includes five females and three males, aged between two and six years were brought.
A team comprising wildlife experts, veterinary doctors and three biologists accompanied the animals as they made the transcontinental journey in a modified passenger Boeing 747 plane and reached Gwalior. From Gwalior, the cheetahs were transferred by helicopter to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.