SC urges Centre to transfer cheetahs to another location

The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday told the Union government that the deaths of 40% of the 20 cheetahs brought from South Africa and Namibia to the Kuno National Park (KNP) within a year does not present a good picture. the government to move the big cats to a more conducive environment, if required, and not make it a “prestige issue”.

“Eight cheetahs dying out of a total 20 brought here in just one year does not present a good picture. Last week alone, two died. They should look at other possibilities, like transferring them to other sanctuaries irrespective of which State government is running them.”

The deaths, though unfortunate, were expected. There were several reasons leading to the deaths. The cheetah project was prestigious and the authorities are exploring various options for the well-being of the animals.

Kuno National Park & Cheetahs

  • Kuno National Park is a wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh, India. It is home to a number of endangered species, including the cheetah.
  • In 2020, 20 cheetahs were brought to Kuno National Park from Namibia and South Africa as part of a project to reintroduce the species to India.
  • The cheetahs have been released into the wild, but they are still under close watch by park officials.
  • The project has been met with some challenges, including the death of several cheetahs. However, officials are hopeful that the project will be successful in reintroducing the cheetah to India.

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