18 Feb 2023

Madhya Pradesh: CM Shivraj will release 12 more Cheetahs in Kuno Palpur Today

Sheopur:  A new chapter will be scripted on February 18 in the history of wildlife conservation of the country and Madhya Pradesh. A family of 12 cheetahs brought from South Africa is going to join the Palpur Kuno National Park. 

Now there will be total of 20 cheetahs in Kuno. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had released 8 cheetahs brought from Namibia in Kuno on his birthday, 17th September.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will release 12 Cheetahs in the enclosure at Kuno Palpur sanctuary in Sheopur district. Along with this, he will also interact with the Cheetah Mitras made earlier.

10 quarantine bomas have been prepared

Elaborate arrangements have been made for the care of cheetahs. To keep 12 cheetahs in the quarantine boma, 10 quarantine bomas have been prepared. Of these, 8 new and 2 old quarantine bomas have been refurbished. 

Sheds have been made for shade in all the quarantine bomas. Water arrangements have been made for the cheetahs. Besides, two isolation wards have been prepared. 

After taking off the 12 cheetahs from the helicopter, they will be brought to the quarantine bomas. The distance from the helipad to quarantine bomas is about one km.

Kuno most unique destination for wildlife lover

It is noteworthy that Palpur Kuno National Park of Madhya Pradesh is the most unique destination for wildlife lovers. Kuno has breathtaking forests with an abundance of Kardhai, Khair and Salai and vast grasslands with dozens of wild herbivores grazing on the grass.

The area was designated as a sanctuary of about 350 square kilometers and was shaped like a leaf with the Kuno River running like a spine in the middle. This river not only helps to keep a constant water supply in the forest and irrigate the forest, but also gives the protected area its name.

Kuno National Park / Kuno Wildlife Division and the surrounding area have historically been rich in wildlife. This area was also known as a dense forest in ancient times. The area around the Kuno River has been rich in biodiversity since ancient times.

It has dry grasslands and tropical riverine forests. This area has been identified as the most suitable place for the resettlement of cheetahs.

Kuno’s flora and fauna

The forest area of Kuno National Park is mainly dominated by Kardhai, Salai, Khair trees, existing mostly among mixed forests. It also helps in the survival of a wide variety of species of flora and fauna. In total, 123 species of trees, 71 species of shrubs, 32 species of vines and exotic vegetation, 34 species of bamboo and grasses are found in the Kuno National Park.

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