Union Minister Bhupender Yadav said that the officials involved with the Cheetah revival programme at Kuno National Park will be sent to Namibi and other parts of South Africa for study. The decision comes while the union minister met Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday.
The revival plan focuses on Kuno National Park (KNP) in Madhya Pradesh, India. Minister Yadav is scheduled to visit the park on June 6. He assured that sufficient funds and logistical support would be provided for the cheetahs’ safety, conservation, and revival. Unfortunately, six cheetahs have died at KNP since March, including three cubs and three adults. As a precautionary measure, the Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary is being prepared as an alternative habitat for the cheetahs, as the population in KNP is currently below capacity. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed concern over the recent deaths and pledged to prioritize the well-being of the cheetahs. In September last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released eight Namibian cheetahs into special enclosures at KNP, and an additional 12 cheetahs were brought from South Africa in February this year as part of a reintroduction program.
The union minister also informed that the Gandhi Sagar Sanctuary is being prepared as an alternative home for the Cheetahs to ensure the success of the revival programme.