Soon You Can See Cheetahs At Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary!

Kuno in Sheopur district in Madhya Pradesh was declared a national park in 1981 and an area of 344sq km was set aside for a wildlife sanctuary. Kuno national park is also called the Palpur-Kuno wildlife sanctuary. It is one of the few places that is home to the Asiatic lion, as they were transferred from Gir of Gujarat. Altogether today it is an area of 900sq km as it has been expanded over the years. Other animals include the monkey, nilgai, Indian wolf and Indian leopard. It is a great place to visit, get away from a busy life and enjoy the amazing sights and sounds India has to offer. But if you love wildlife and big cats in particular you will be excited to learn of the Cheetahs coming to the sanctuary!

74 years since cheetahs have lived in India

It has been 74 years since the Cheetah has lived in India, they were hunted and their habitat was taken. The last three Cheetahs are thought to have been hunted and killed in 1947 by Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo of Korea. They were declared extinct in the county in 1952. But Kuno wildlife sanctuary will soon be home to Cheetahs and India will once more help find sanctuary for an endangered big cat. The others are the Bengal Tiger and the Asiatic Lion.

The world’s fastest mammal is coming back to India

Madhya Pradesh will be the first state to introduce the cats but not the only one. In Kuno national park an area has been prepared for them of 10sq km, that will first be home to at least 6 cheetahs up to 15. Then the experts are hoping to bring and introduce another 10 to 12 each year to help support the animal who is currently at very critical numbers in the world only now being found in the wild in Iran where the human population is very low. However even there the estimates on their numbers are less than 20.

A team from the government of Madhya Pradesh and experts in conservation went to South Africa and Namibia to see what would be needed to achieve a successful re-introduction to India. After that, they submitted their report to the government. In 2020 the Supreme Court gave their permission for the project as an experiment to see if they can adapt to the conditions here in India. Kuno wildlife sanctuary was one of three sites in India suggested in an assessment made by the Wildlife Institute of India working with the Wildlife Trust of India in 2010.

Conclusion

The Asiatic Cheetah is a critically endangered species and it is going to take hard work and support from animal lovers and conservation experts. You can do your part to help this wonderful creature by donating to its conservation, supporting its move here and visiting the amazing park that will soon home them.

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