PM Modi releases Namibian cheetahs at Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park

Current Affairs

  • On September 17, 2022, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release eight cheetahs brought from Namibia under the Cheetah Project in the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
  • The arrival of the big cats in India – which has been dubbed as “historic,” considering Cheetahs went extinct in 1952 in the country – coincides with PM Modi’s 72nd birthday celebrations countrywide.
  • “On his birthday, there can’t be a bigger gift for Madhya Pradesh,” chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan asserted while speaking to news agency ANI earlier. “Cheetah had gone extinct. This is the most remarkable achievement for wildlife in this century. This would boost tourism. We thank PM Modi on behalf of the state.”
  • This is the world’s first project of inter-continental migration of large carnivorous wild animals. These cheetahs have been brought from Namibia under a memorandum of understanding. The project is part of Prime Minister Modi’s efforts to revive the cheetah habitat and diversify India’s wildlife. Cheetahs were declared extinct in India in 1952.

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