MP's Kuno-Palpur identified as preferred location for Cheetah
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Experts from the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India visited four places in Madhya Pradesh to look for the best habitat for the reintroduction of cheetah in the country in June 2020 - the Kuno Palpur sanctuary in MP's Sheopur district, the Nauradehi sanctuary in Sagar district, the Gandhi Sagar sanctuary on the northern boundary of Mandsaur and Neemuch districts and the Madhav National Park in Shivpuri district.
WII's Faculty of Wildlife Science Dean Dr Y V Jhala and two other scientists inspected the four places to evaluate whether these habitats were conducive for cheetahs.
According to reports, Kuno-Palpur was identified as the preferred location for India’s relocation programme as it has large grasslands, ideally suited to the cheetah’s need to build up speed without worrying about trees or other obstacles. These grasslands were formed, in large part, through the removal of villages and rewilding of agricultural land to make way for the relocation of the Asiatic lion.
Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government was working on re-introduction of Cheetah.
This big cat will be a reality soon, he tweeted on World Wildlife Day.
The minister's tweet is in line with the Supreme Court's 2020 ruling, in which it agreed that wildlife authorities could reintroduce the cheetah to India.