✦ This special flight will take off from Windhoek International Airport in Namibia and land in Jaipur after 16 hours. Vaccination has already been completed for these cheetahs to be transported to India and they have been kept in isolation.
✦ From Jaipur, they are transported to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh in special helicopters. Prime Minister Modi will release them in the park there.
✦ They will enter the country on September 17 after a 16-hour journey. They will travel without food for 16 hours. Authorities are taking precautions as there is a risk of them developing problems like nausea during air travel. Veterinary doctors are also available on board. After entering the park, their health condition is checked and food is provided.
✦ Special facilities have been provided for these leopards in Kuno National Park. Training was also given to the staff to look after the governance of these.
✦ These 8 leopards were selected considering their health, ferocity, hunting skills and genetic potential to increase their future progeny. At Kuno National Park, they are first kept in quarantine enclosures for 30 days.
✦ In January 2020, the Supreme Court approved Project Cheetah, an experimental reintroduction of this extinct wild animal species in India.
✦ Indian wildlife conservationists first put a proposal to bring cheetahs to India in 2009 before representatives of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. After that Dr. Marker visited India several times in the last 12 years at the invitation of the Government of India and examined the suitable area and draft plans for the introduction of cheetahs.
✦ A memorandum of understanding was signed between Namibia and India on July 20 this year on the issue of leopard conservation.
✦ Statistics show that there are currently 7,500 leopards worldwide.
Pics:Andala Nidhi Agarwal.. Latest Photos