Cheetahs to travel on an empty stomach for 16 hours, here’s why


New Delhi: The route of the special plane carrying cheetahs from Namibia to India has been rerouted. The plane will land in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, instead of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

Project Cheetah chief SP Yadav said, “A special cargo flight of cheetahs coming from Namibia will now land in Gwalior, it was first supposed to land in Jaipur on September 17, then a helicopter from Gwalior will be taken to Kuno National Park, Sheopur.”.

The wild cheetah habitat in Kuno National Park is part of their efforts to revive and diversify India’s wildlife and habitat.

Cheetah extinct in India in 1952

The cheetah was declared extinct in India in 1952. The cheetahs to be released are from Namibia and have come under a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this year.

The cheetah will help restore the open forest and grassland ecosystem in India. This will help conserve biodiversity and improve ecosystem services such as water security, carbon sequestration and soil moisture conservation, which will benefit society at large.

3 male and 5 female cheetahs arrive

Eight cheetahs will be released in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park on September 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday. These three male and five female cheetahs are being brought to India from Namibia.

A special Boeing 747 aircraft has arrived to take them to Namibia’s Husia Kotaco International Airport. According to sources, these cheetahs will be brought from Namibia to India non-stop after traveling for 16 hours.

Cheetahs for traveling on an empty stomach

According to a senior forest department official, the feral cats will have to spend their entire air transit period on an empty stomach.

MP Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) JS Chauhan told PTI that as a precaution, it is mandatory for the animal to travel on an empty stomach while starting the journey. He said the cheetahs will not be fed during their journey from Namibia to the national park. Chouhan said that these precautions should be taken as long journeys can cause the animals to feel nauseous which can lead to other complications.

Chouhan said they would reach the Kuno-Palpur helipad after about an hour’s journey after transferring the cheetahs from the cargo plane to the helicopter and completing other formalities.

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