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From Jaipur, they will take a 42-minute helicopter ride to the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh where a temporary helipad has been constructed.

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8 cheetahs to arrive this week: Chartered flight with vets, chopper ride

From Jaipur, they will take a 42-minute helicopter ride to the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh where a temporary helipad has been constructed.











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New Delhi | Updated: September 13, 2022 7:39:26 am



































A cheetah in a South African reserve, which is in the batch to be sent to India. (AP Photo)EIGHT AFRICAN cheetahs — five females and three males — will board a chartered Boeing 747 cargo flight from the Namibian capital of Windhoek on September 16, and arrive at the Jaipur airport the next morning, after an over 10-hour-long flight, the environment ministry said on Monday.

From Jaipur, they will take a 42-minute helicopter ride to the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh where a temporary helipad has been constructed. The cheetahs are between four and six years old. Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav said all preparations for the inter-country translocation of the cheetahs were complete.

Kuno National Park was chosen for the project since it had already been prepared a decade ago for translocation of the Asiatic Lion from Gir National Park. While this translocation never took place, prey for lion was established at Kuno — with sambhal, cheetal, etc — and the park was sanitised to receive the lion, which also inhabits in landscapes similar to that of the cheetah.

“Sheopur district (where Kuno is located) has similar rainfall levels, temperatures, altitude and conditions as that of South Africa and Namibia. I recently visited the park to oversee the arrangements. The aim behind the translocation is not only to be able to re-introduce the cheetah in India – it was declared extinct in 1952 – thereby restoring India’s natural heritage, but also to develop a cheetah metapopulation that will help in the global conservation of the animal,” he said.

“There are now approximately 7,000 cheetahs globally – South Africa has the largest population at about 4,500. We expect to receive the next batch of 12 cheetahs from South Africa soon,’’ he said. Over the next five years, the Indian government will acquire 8-10 cheetahs annually to establish a breeding cheetah metapopulation of 35-40 in the country, said officials.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/8-cheetahs-to-arrive-this-week-chartered-flight-with-vets-chopper-ride-8147350/


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