3 Jan 2024

Madhya Pradesh: Good news for Cheetah lovers, 3 cubs born in Kuno

Good news has been received from Madhya Pradesh on New Year. Female cheetah Asha gave birth to 3 cubs in Kuno National Park in Sheopur, MP. Union Minister for Environment  Bhupendra Yadav shared a video on social media platform X. In which all the cheetah cubs are visible. Female cheetah Asha gave birth to these cubs.

Yadav in a post said he was thrilled to share that Kuno National Park has welcomed three new members. He said the cubs have been born to Namibian Cheetah Asha.

Yadav said this is a roaring success for Project Cheetah, envisioned by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji to restore ecological balance.

Yadav congratulated all experts involved in the project, the Kuno wildlife officials, and wildlife enthusiasts across India.

On 17 September 2022, 8 cheetah were brought from Namibia and on 18 February 2023, 12 cheetah were brought from South Africa. Of these, the female cheetah Jwala, brought from Namibia, gave birth to 4 cubs on 27 March 2023.

After this, out of 24 cheetahs, 6 cheetahs and 3 cubs died. 15 cheetahs were left in Kuno. Now Asha has given birth to 3 cubs. After the birth of 3 cubs, the total number of cheetahs and cubs in Kuno has increased to 18.

14 adults and 4 cubs in Kuno 

Now 14 adults and 4 cubs are present in Kuno National Park. These include 7 male cheetahs – Gaurav, Agni, Pawan, Shaurya, Vayu, Prabhash and Pavak, while the 7 female cheetah are Asha, Dheera, Jwala, Gamini, Nabha, Nirva and Veera.

Of these, only two cheetah are living in the open forest, they can be spotted by the tourists coming to Kuno, while all the remaining cheetah are kept in big enclosures.

MP CM Mohan Yadav also shared the video on Instagram and wrote, “The news of the arrival of three small cheetah cubs in Kuno National Park is extremely joyful. Under the leadership and guidance of respected Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Madhya Pradesh has got a new identity as ‘Cheetah State’.”

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