The cheetahs were released into quarantine enclosures. (Image Source: PTI)
Eight cheetahs arrived in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior from Namibia’s capital Windhoek in an Air Force helicopter around 8 am on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of his 72nd birthday today, arrived in Gwalior on Saturday morning and released the big cats in the Kuno National Park. The cheetahs were released into quarantine enclosures.
Modi began his address by thanking the Namibian government and said, “Today, the #Cheetahs have come back to our land after decades. On this historic day, I want to congratulate all Indians and also thank the government of Namibia. This could not have been possible without their help.” Modi further said that India declared cheetahs extinct in 1952 and it is unfortunate that no constructive efforts were made to reintroduce them for decades.
A total of eight cheetahs – five females and three males – were brought to Gwalior from Namibia in a modified Boeing aircraft on Saturday morning as part of ‘Project Cheetah’, the world’s first inter-continental large wild carnivore translocation project, reported PTI. As seen in the pictures, a dais was set up at the national park, under which special cages carrying cheetahs were kept. PM Modi released three of these felines around 11.30 am by operating a lever of the cages.
As per IE, two male sibling cheetahs were released into one quarantine enclosure and another female cheetah was released into the adjacent enclosure. The quarantine enclosures are 50×30 metres in dimension and there are six such enclosures for eight big cats.
(With Agency Inputs)
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