Madhya Pradesh: 12 South African Cheetahs Arrive In Gwalior

| Updated: February 18, 2023 1:03 pm

Twelve cheetahs were flown into Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh on Saturday morning, where they will be transported to the Kuno National Park (KNP) in the Sheopur region and released into quarantine cages.

Around 10 am, an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft carrying the cheetahs touched down at the Gwalior air base.

Seven males and five females make up this group of cheetahs, which is the second big cat group to arrive at the KNP after eight cheetahs from Namibia were released on September 17 of last year during a ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Around noon, they will be transported from Gwalior to the KNP by an IAF chopper. After 30 minutes (12.30 pm), they would be placed in quarantine bomas (enclosures), an expert had stated.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union minister Bhupender Yadav would release these cheetahs into the KNP. As part of the ambitious cheetah restoration plan run by the Indian government, these fastest land creatures have been transported across continents, first from Namibia and most recently from South Africa. 

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