In September 2022, India welcomed eight cheetahs from Namibia to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. And soon, you might be able to see them in person.video: twitter/nitin gadkari
Cheetah Safaris are all set to begin at Kuno National Park this month; ie. February 2023.
While Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has confirmed kicking off the cheetah safari, no date has been set yet.
Madhya Pradesh government hopes that the cheetah safari will boost tourism in the state and benefit the local communities.
The African cheetahs at Kuno are the only cheetahs in India at the moment.photo: twitter
While all the eight Namibian cheetahs have well adapted to their new surroundings and begun hunting; a female cheetah, Sasha, is ill with a kidney infection.video: ani
India is set to get 12 more African cheetahs in February 2023. Seven males and five females will be brought from South Africa.photo: twitter/moefcc
India is planning to bring around 100 African cheetahs to the country in the next 8-10 years, with 12 big cats coming in per year.video: twitter/nitin gadkari
Asiatic cheetahs native to India were wiped out by 1950s. The current program aims to repopulate India with African cheetahs.Photo: Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society