The Union Minister Bhupendra Yadav on Thursday said that a second batch of Cheetahs will be flown from South Africa on February 18. 12 Cheetahs, 7 males and 5 females, will be brought to Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park.
Indian Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster took off from South Africa from the Hindon airbase on Thursday morning carrying the cheetahs to the country.
India had signed an MoU with South Africa in January for the reintroduction of the Cheetah population in the country. 12-14 Cheetahs would be flown to India from Namibia and other African countries which are suitable for establishing cheetah populations. This would be done for five years first and then as per the programme and the situation demanded.
The Cheetahs were declared extinct in 1952. The main reasons were hunting, poaching and loss of wildlife.