Cheetahs to roam in India after 70 years

Declared extinct in India several decades ago, Cheetahs will once again roam in the country, thanks to the ‘Cheetah Reintroduction Project.’

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Namibia, known as the Cheetah capital of the world, sent eight of the animals to India on September 17 to coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 72nd Birthday.

The newly arrived Cheetahs, the fastest land animals, will be released in Kuno National Park, Madhya Pradesh, by PM Modi.

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The Indian diplomatic mission in Namibia said that the intercontinental translocation of these animals is the first of its kind.

The press release further added that India had signed a wildlife conservation agreement with Namibia, and it includes training and sharing of good practices which could assist Namibia in its own conservation projects.