In response to the appeal made by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change to conduct national-wide awareness drive specially for school and college students this week, Hingni Range Forest Office in Wardha district held a programme on Wednesday to create awareness among the school students about re-introduction of cheetah at Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on September 17 in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to mark his birthday.
Forest officials gave information about Cheetah, a fastest running big cat that became extinct 70 years ago from India, its habitat, behaviour, hunting skills and other qualities, its importance, protection, conservation and other aspects. During interaction, some of the students also raised questions indicating their interest while the officials gave them answers.
Rakesh Shepat, Deputy Conservator of Forest, Wardha, Amarjit Pawar, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Akshay Agashe, Range Forest Officer, Hingni situated near Bor Tiger Reserve, and others guided the students. Forest staff members Kolhe, Tak, Tupe, Moon, Uikey and others extended active cooperation .
Meanwhile, Cheetah was declared extinct from the country in 1952 but now India is set to reclaim the glory by re-introducing cheetah from Namibia, which is a moment of pride for the people.