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After 70 years, leopards will be seen again in the country: Preparations to bring 8 leopards in MP Kuno; Now waiting for the approval of South African President

After 70 years, leopards will be seen again in the country: Preparations to bring 8 leopards in MP Kuno; Now waiting for the approval of South African President

After 70 years in Madhya Pradesh, the roar of cheetahs will be heard. There is a preparation to bring 8 leopards from Namibia and South Africa to Kuno National Park in Sheopur. It is discussed that by August 15, the cheetahs will reach Kuno, preparations have also been done accordingly. However, the date has not been officially announced. The central government is trying to shift 4 male and 4 female leopards here in the first phase. Qatar Airways has agreed to bring these cheetahs to India. However, it is not yet decided how they will be brought to Kuno after landing in Delhi. However, the forest department officials are telling that they will be transported from Delhi to Gwalior and from here by road.

Officers say that in the next 6 years, 50 to 60 leopards can be seen running here. The next day of MOU between India and South African President Cyril Ramfosa, they will come to India with cheetahs. Currently, two central government officers are on his stay in South Africa.

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Professor overseeing the cheetahs said- File with the President

Prof. at Prof. University, South Africa. Cheetahs will be brought to India under the supervision of Adrian Todiff. Pro. Todiffs have been studying cheetahs in South Africa for about two decades. He has also worked closely on 8 cheetahs to be brought to India from there. They themselves will come to India with a batch of South African cheetahs and work for this project. Professor Adrian Todiff told Dainik Bhaskar that MoU has been reached between Namibia and the Government of India. MOU is yet to be done with South Africa. Its file is currently with South African President Siril Ramfosa. However, the first batch of cheetahs will leave for India only after the President's approval. Whose preparations have been completed.

Know how to bring cheetahs from Namibia to Kuno Park?

According to government sources, on August 12, bring the cheetahs from Namibia to Johannesburg by air Preparation of It will take about 2 hours 10 minutes. On this day, Johannesburg can be brought to Delhi, which will take about 14 hours. Gwalior from Delhi will bring them from the Charter Plane. From here to Kuno will be taken by road. That is, the leopard is expected to reach Kuno Park from August 13-14. After coming from Namibia, the cheetahs will be kept in Quarantine 30 days. After this, they will be gradually shifted to large enclosures. Later will also be left in the open. He will be closely monitored for six to eight months. According to forest department sources, the project has been going on for a long time to bring the leopard back into the country. In 2019, the Supreme Court approved the National Tiger Conservation Authority. The African leopard is being brought to the forests of India for experimentation. For the last few months, the project has again gained momentum.

the then Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh took the initiative

In the initiative to bring cheetahs to India, the then Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh took the initiative to bring the cheetahs to India. . After a decade, there was a big turn in the case. For the first time on January 28, 2020, the Supreme Court allowed the cheetahs to be brought to India. Also, Cart ordered the National Tiger Protection Authority to find a suitable place for cheetahs. After considering many national parks, experts chose Kuno Palpur National Park in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh for the return of sharp animals on earth to the country.

Nauradehi sanctuary was also considered favorable

African experts saw how the big cat will behave here The expert team visited Kuno National Park on 15 June 2022. He noticed how the large cat species behave in India's ecosystem. How he makes harmony with climate. The first batch of cheetahs will be brought only after the approval of this party.

India's experts had gone two years ago, Namibia

According to ministry sources, the technical team to bring cheetahs The inspection has been done. Cheetahs have been declared extinct in India 70 years ago. The exercise to bring them from Africa is decades old. But this work was accelerated from last year. With a delay of more than two years, the exercise to bring back the cheetahs has been released again in February this year. It consisted of one officer from Central Environment, Forest and Climate Change, National Tiger Protection Authority- NTCA, Wildlife Institute. Apart from this, officials of Dehradun Wildlife Institute, Madhya Pradesh Forest Department also visited Namibia. , Which has never injured or killed a person in wildlife history. Therefore, there is no threat to the local people from the cheetahs, but the local people will benefit from many livelihood and wildlife tourism opportunities after introduction of cheetahs in Koono.

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August 9th 2022, 12:47 pm
Amitesh Kumar
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