India welcomed the second lot of Cheetahs as the South African big cats landed in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior on February 18. With the arrival of 12 more Cheetahs under ‘Project Cheetah’, Kuno National Park has become home to 20 fastest land animals. The spotted beauties flew from Africa on February 17 and were transferred on Indian Air Force’s C-17 Globemaster Cargo. 12 Cheetahs were released in Sheopur’s Kuno National Park by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Calling it a Mahashivratri gift from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the CM expressed his gratitude
With aim to provide more time to the new members of the Cheetah family for their acclimatisation, the big cats will be quarantined for 30 days as per the international protocol. The move will not only effect the habitat but has already started showing a much-needed change among the people on wildlife. India’s first batch of 8 Cheetahs that were welcomed in September last year and were released by PM Modi. India is aiming to get a total of 100 Cheetahs from Africa as part of its Cheetah Project.