Project Cheetah: From Tiger-Face Plane To Their Itinerary, All You Need To Know

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Project Cheetah: From Tiger-Face Plane To Their Itinerary, All You Need To Know

The Cheetah Reintroduction Project in India is a pioneering transcontinental effort to reintroduce cheetahs to the country. On Thursday a customised Tiger-faced jet landed in Namibia from India to bring 8 cheetahs to  Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. The cheetahs were declared extinct in India in 1952 and now seven decades later they will be re-introduced on 17th September. The introduction will take place in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

Project Cheetah Is An Effort To Bring Back Cheetah To India

A special tiger-faced customised plane landed in Namibia from India to bring 8 Namibian cheetahs,5 female and 3 male. The 5 female cheetahs range are between 2 to 5 years of age, while the 3 male cheetahs range are between 4.5 to 5.5 years. The Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet will take off from Windhoek, Namibia, and arrive in Jaipur on Saturday, September 17. The aircraft is capable of flying for 16 hours without the need to stop for re-fuelling which is very much important for the well- being of the animals. The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) which is a NPO working to save Cheetah signed a pact and donated these Cheetahs. 

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The Cheetahs Will Be Flown On Empty Stomach

The large cats are currently in isolation at Namibia’s Cheetah Conservation Foundation (CCF) Center in Otjiwarongo after receiving vaccinations and satellite collars. The Cheetahs won’t be fed at any point during the lengthy travel, which is done to prevent any problems. Animals tend to experience motion sickness on such long journeys. Madhya Pradesh’s Principal chief conservator of forests, J.S Chauhan said that it is important to  make sure that the animal is on an empty stomach as the journey begins. The big cats will be kept in small enclosures and then large ones until they get comfortable with the surroundings. 

Also Read: India Is All Set To Welcome Cheetahs After 70 Years; Big Cats From Namibia Are Coming!

Now get ready to soon spot big cats in India’s National Park.

Cover Image Courtesy : Twitter/ IndiaNamibia