South Africa will give 100 cheetahs to India within ten years. It will start with sending 12 cheetahs in February. India will get 12 leopards in February. All will be kept in Konu National Park. Africa has made an agreement with India for this, which has been fully announced. Cheetahs disappeared from India about 70 years ago.
India got leopards
It may be known that last year Namibia had given leopards to India. In September 2022, eight cheetahs were received from Namibia by India. They were released in the Kuno National Park of India, all cheetahs were brought from a special flight. For the first time, wild cheetahs were sent from one island to another. South Africa’s Environment Department said in a statement that initially in February 2023, a batch of 12 cheetahs would be brought from South Africa to India. All of them will live with cheetahs brought from Namibia.
Cheetahs will be released in the open forest from February
On September 17, the cheetahs brought from Namibia and settled in the Kuno National Park in Sheopur will be released in the open forest in February. Already all the cheetahs have been shifted from small to big enclosure. 8 leopards in which 3 are male and 5 are female. Under the direction of the Park Management Cheetah Task Force and the Central Government, the preparations in the park for the tourists are in the final stages, with the release of the cheetahs living in the large enclosure in the open. However, one cheetah is still ill.
DFO of Kuno National Park Prakash Kumar Verma said that one of the eight cheetahs brought from Namibia is sick. Infection has been found in his kidney. During routine surveillance, the female cheetah showed signs of fatigue and weakness. He has been shifted.
It is known that the cheetahs brought from Namibia have been released in a phased manner from a small enclosure to a large enclosure of 500 hectares. However, the date for releasing the cheetahs from the large enclosure into the open forest is not fixed. But in view of the plan to release cheetahs in the open in the month of February, all kinds of preparations are being done. Tiktoli Gate of Kuno Park, which was closed since last season, will now open for tourists.