Gwalior, Sep 17: Cheetahs, the world’s fastest mammals, have been reintroduced to India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 72nd Birthday.
PM Shri @narendramodi launches Project Cheetah at Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh. https://t.co/C1VljqEIQM
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“On this historic day, I want to congratulate all Indians and also thank the government of Namibia. This could not have been possible without their help,” PM Modi said.
Prime Minister said that “Tourists and enthusiasts will have to wait a few months before they can see cheetahs in the wild; the animals need some time to adapt to their new home. These Cheetahs have come as guests, unaware of this area. For them to be able to make Kuno National Park their home, we’ll have to give these Cheetahs a few months’ time.”
“It is unfortunate that we declared cheetahs extinct from the country in 1952, but for decades no meaningful effort was made to rehabilitate them. Today, as we celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the country has started rehabilitating cheetahs with new energy,” he said.
The Cheetahs were brought from Namibia to India in a special cargo flight Boeing -717.
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The flight landed in Gwalior in the morning, after which they were taken to Kuno National Park in a helicopter.
On his 72nd birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the animals into an enclosure spread over 10km in the presence of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and wildlife experts.
The cheetahs were flown from southern Africa for their reintroduction in India seven decades after the species was declared extinct in the country in 1952.