20 cheetahs to be relocated from S Africa to MP

Cheetahs will again run wild in India—for the first time since Independence —as 20 of the majestic cats will be introduced here from Africa in November this year.

Kuno National Park, in ‘Hindustan ka Dil’, will be cheetah country, and this may be the year when Madhya Pradesh, which already has the tags of ‘Tiger and Leopard State’ also gets the cheetah crown – and the ‘spot’light.

Madhya Pradesh forest minister Vijay Shah announced this at an event at Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal on Tuesday evening.

“Ten male and 10 female cheetahs will be flown from South Africa to Gwalior in two phases in November. From there, they will be sent by road to Kuno in Sheopur district (about 150km),” Shah said.

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