Bhopal, Sep 16: While modified passenger B747 Jumbo Jet will take off from Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek, Namibia, to India with eight Cheetahs, the Chinook helicopters will ferry them from Jaipur to Kuno national park in Madhya Pradesh.
Chinook helicopters might be deployed to ferry the Cheetahs to the national park when they land in Jaipur, officers informed the media.
Eight Namibian wild cheetahs, 5 girls and 3 males, the founders of a brand new populace might be launched into Indian forests through the Prime Minister himself.
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The plane wearing the cheetahs on their historic transcontinental venture is flying in a single day so the animals will journey at some point in the good hours of the day, arriving in Jaipur, India, on the morning of Saturday, 17 September.
Chinook helicopters are deployed withinside the northern regions in conjunction with the northeastern parts of the country and are used for carrying heavy loads for civilian work too in case of requirement.
A special charter Cargo flight of Cheetahs coming from Namibia will now land in Gwalior, earlier it was supposed to land in Jaipur on September 17 then from a helicopter from Gwalior brought to KUNO National Park Sheopur, said SP Yadav, Project Cheetah chief.
According to the CCF, the aircraft bringing the cheetahs to India has been modified to allow cages to be secured in the main cabin but will still allow vets to have full access to the cats during the flight.
The aircraft is an ultra-long-range jet capable of flying for up to 16 hours and so can fly directly from Namibia to India without a stop to refuel, an important consideration for the well-being of the cheetahs, it said.
The Boeing 747 “Jumbo Jet” aircraft that is taking the eight cheetahs to India is a B747-400 passenger jet. The jet cabin has been modified to allow cages to be secured in the main cabin of the aircraft but will still allow vets to have full access to the cats during the flight. The aircraft is an ultra-long range jet capable of flying up to 16 hours and so can fly directly from Namibia to India without a stop to refuel, an important consideration for the well-being of the cheetahs.
The mission has been designated as a Flagged Expedition by the Explorers Club, an American-based international multidisciplinary professional society with the goal of promoting scientific exploration.
The Explorers Club has designated this important animal conservation mission as a “Flagged Expedition” and Dr. Laurie Marker and Hamish Harding will be carrying Explorers Club Flag number 118 on the first flight of cheetahs.
The aircraft is owned by Aquiline International Corp. from the United Arab Emirates, which undertakes worldwide charter operations of its aircraft fleet. Quite by chance, the nose section of this Boeing 747 was recently painted with the face of a wild feline.
The plane traveling to bring eight cheetahs from southern Africa had India’s national animal, the tiger, intricately painted on its front, a photograph shared by the High Commission of India in Namibia showed.
“A special bird touches down in the Land of the Brave to carry goodwill ambassadors to the Land of the Tiger,” the caption accompanying the image read.
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