12 Cheetahs from SA to Arrive in India on Feb 18

A dozen Cheetahs will be flown to India from South Africa on February 18, 2023. They will be fresh additions to Project Cheetah.

These 12 wildcats will be flown from South Africa to Gwalior before their relocation to Kuno National Park.

In September 2022, eight cheetahs from Namibia, five female, and three male, were introduced into the Kuno National Park in the Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh under this project.

For Project Cheetah, India and South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Under it, dozens of African cheetahs will be brought to Indian forests over the next 10 years.

The 12 cheetahs scheduled to arrive in India in this month will be released in the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

As per reports, an Indian delegation is expected to visit South Africa in February to bring the 12 big cats to India. With their arrival, the total number of Cheetahs in India will rise to 20.

Due to overhunting and habitat loss, Cheetahs became extinct in India. The government declared the extinction of Cheetahs in India in 1952. Now Indian government is trying to re-establish the Cheetah species in the country. For which pacts are signed with Namibia and South Africa.  Namibia donated the first eight Cheetahs to India for the Cheetah reintroduction programme.

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