Eight cheetahs from Namibia migrated to India last month. He has made Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh his new abode. But 12 cheetahs are waiting for their journey in South Africa. Now experts are expressing concern about these cheetahs living in quarantine for the last three months. It is being told that the caged cheetahs are under stress and if they are not removed soon then their ability to hunt may be affected.
Eight cheetahs were brought from Namibia to Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh on 17 September. They have now been kept in a controlled area of 10 km. From October 17, they will be allowed to go in an area of 6 square kilometers where they will also have animals for hunting. After 3-4 months they will be released in the wild. India may get 12 cheetahs from South Africa this year. But the paperwork between the two countries is yet to be completed.
On the condition of keeping the identity confidential, a South African cheetah expert said that 12 cheetahs were brought from different wildlife reserves.
Was placed in a 50mx50m enclosure in Rooiberg. After vaccination and radio collaring, the cheetahs are all set to go to Kuno. But the MoU has not yet been signed between South Africa and Barat. Bureaucratic delays could jeopardize the successful relocation of cheetahs in the wild, he said.
Experts said that these cheetahs are being put in their enclosures for food after killing the animals. If this continues, they will stop killing animals on their own. Cheetah expert Fayaz Khudsar, who lives in Delhi, said, “Cheetahs get stressed due to keeping them in such a enclosure for a long time. This causes many problems for them and reduces the survival rate in the forest.” Similar concern was expressed by Wildlife Conservation Trust CEO Anish Andheria. “The enclosure should be sufficiently large and away from human presence. Small enclosures increase the tension. According to international rules, wild animals should be kept in the enclosure for only one month as it is not good for them to keep them in it for a long time. Their survival rate in the wild decreases after being kept in the enclosure for a long time.
YV Jhala, dean of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) and leading the cheetah project in India, said, “This (prolonged exposure) will definitely affect the cheetahs. But we can’t say anything at this time. When contacted, South Africa metapopulation project head Vincent van der Merwe said there could be a problem. But he refused to say anything further. “I can’t say for sure why there are delays and what the timings were for these,” said Alabi Modise, spokesman for the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment from South Africa.
“Scientists from South Africa came here in September,” said a senior environment ministry official, urging the identity not to be made public. They have not told us the deadline for bringing the 12 cheetahs here. There is no time limit.” A team of South African scientists has also visited the Kuno National Park. There are plans to bring 10 cheetahs from South Africa to India every year. Preparations are being made for them in Kuno National Park. If the MoU is signed, cheetahs can be brought to India by the end of the year.
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