Cheetah Reintroduction Plan in India After 75 years


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Cheetahs in India from Namibia on PM Modi's Birthday: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release Cheetahs being brought from Namibia in Madhya Pradesh's Kuno National Park (KNP) on Saturday morning. PM Modi Will Be in Madhya Pradesh on his birthday to release wild Cheetahs in Kuno National Park. 

Full Schedule of PM Modi:

- The special cargo plane carrying eight cheetahs from Namibia will land at the Gwalior airport in Madhya Pradesh at around 6:00 am on September 17, which is also Modi's Birthday, said a senior police official.

- PM Modi will arrive at the Gwalior airport from New Delhi at around 9:20 am and leave for Kuno National Park (KNP) in Sheopur district, about 165km away.  

- He will release cheetahs into quarantine enclosures at around 10:45 am.

As per the earlier plan, the special plane carrying the big cats from the African country was to land at the Jaipur airport, from where they were to be flown to KNP, around 400km from the Rajasthan capital.

The introduction of the fastest land animal in India is being done under Project Cheetah, which is the world's first inter-continental large wild carnivore translocation project, the statement said.

8 Cheetahs

The eight Cheetahs- five females and three males will be brought from Namibia's capital Windhoek to the Gwalior airport in a customized Boeing 747-400 aircraft, officials have said earlier.

The Cheetahs will be shifted to the KNP helipad in an IAF Chinook heavy-lift helicopter. According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), an international not-for-profit organization headquartered in Namibia and dedicated to saving the fastest land animal, the five female cheetahs bound for India are aged between 2 to 5 years, while the males are aged between 4.5 years and 5.5 years.