2 Jan 2023

Kuno Cheetahs: When Will We Be Able To See The Cute Felines? When Will They Be Released In Open Forest? How Will They Breed & Survive?

Sheopur (Madhya Pradesh): The historic reintroduction of Cheetahs in India is part of a long series of measures for ensuring sustainability and environment protection in the last eight years which has resulted in significant achievements in the area of environment protection and sustainability. But when will we be able to see Cheetahs that have been reintroduced in our country after becoming extinct?
Tourists are likely to be able to see eight cheetahs brought from Namibia in Madhya Pradesh's Kuno National Park from February. For this advance online booking will have to be done from the website of Forest Department. Booking will probably start from the middle of January on the link named 

The guideline has been fixed. Tourists will be taken for jungle safari by gypsy in two shifts. The first shift has been kept from 6 am to 11 am and the second from 3 pm to sunset. Tourists will have to go through a rigorous airport-like screening process, in which food items, plastic bottles, gutkha, pan masala and any such items will not be allowed to be carried.

NTCA meeting to discuss breeding plans for Cheetahs

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is going to hold its first meeting in the New Year. The meeting, to be chaired by the Union Environment Minister, will review issues related to tiger reserves across the country, especially the Kuno Cheetah Project. The meeting will be held in Delhi on January 2-3.
In this, the current situation and future strategy will be discussed for the health, safety and reproduction of 3 male and 5 female cheetahs settled in Kuno National Park. Cheetahs have learned to hunt successfully in large enclosures. There is a preparation to release them in the open forest in February. Before this, brainstorming is going on about the strategy related to their breeding. 


Male & female Cheetahs are in separate enclosures

Male and female cheetahs are in separate enclosures. Now two male cheetahs are living together in one enclosure. Three females are together in another enclosure. Two females and one male are roaming in separate enclosures. The Cheetah Task Force has not yet agreed on keeping male and female cheetahs together in the enclosure.

Other possible homes for Cheetahs

After Kuno, the next home of cheetahs is likely to be Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary in Mandsaur-Neemuch and Nauradehi Sanctuary in Sagar district. Consent has been given to the Center on behalf of the state government for the Cheetah project for both these reserves. 

50 Cheetahs will be brought in next 5 years

Under the Cheetah Project, 50 cheetahs will be brought to India from African countries in the next 5 years. 12 more cheetahs from South Africa are also to be brought to Kuno in the next one or two months. Kuno currently has a capacity to house 21 Cheetahs. This can be increased up to a maximum of 32. That's why the search and preparations for a new home for cheetahs are necessary.

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