Why Kuno National Park was chosen for cheetahs brought from Namibia?

A special plane carrying eight cheetahs from Namibia has reached Glavier. From here they will be taken to Madhya Pradesh Kuno Palpur National Park, which is spread over 748 square kilometres.

A special plane carrying eight cheetahs from Namibia has reached Glavier.  From here they will be taken to Madhya Pradesh Kuno Palpur National Park, which is spread over 748 square kilometres.

The biggest reason for keeping these cheetahs here is that there is no settlement around it. This forest area is very close to the Sal forests of Korea of ​​Chhattisgarh. In these forests, cheetahs of Asian origin were last seen about 70 years ago.

Ten sites were surveyed in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh between 2010 and 2012. Later it was found that Kuno was the most suitable place for keeping cheetahs.

The Wildlife Institute of India and the Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) conducted this survey keeping in mind the climate and population, among other factors, and named Kuno as the most suitable place.

Although cheetahs are less prone to conflict with humans, they do not hunt humans. They also do not attack large animals. High population density and open grasslands pose a threat to the animals in India.

Kuno is perhaps one of the few wildlife sites in the country, where some 24 villages and their domesticated animals were completely evicted from inside the park years ago.

According to the government’s plan, Kuno has been considered as a possible habitat for tigers, lions, leopards and cheetahs. At present, the population of lions is more in Gujarat. There is a significant population of leopards in the forest. There are about nine leopards per 100 square kilometres.

According to government figures, the national park can currently house 21 cheetahs. If necessary efforts are made and the hunting base is maintained, this number can go up to around 36.

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