Environment Ministry Sets Up Task Force For Cheetahs In Kuno National Park

Current Affairs

  • The Union environment ministry has constituted a nine-member task force for monitoring the reintroduction of cheetahs into the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Eight cheetahs were brought to India from Namibia on September 17 this year — on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday — 70 years after they were declared extinct in the country and were released in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park in Sheopur and Morena districts. 
  • The task force will review the health status of cheetahs and monitor their hunting skills and adaptation to the habitat.
  • It will monitor the release of cheetahs from quarantine bomas to soft release enclosures and then to grass land and open forest areas.
  • The panel will also give suggestions and advice on the development of tourism infrastructure in the fringe areas of the Kuno National Park and other protected areas.

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