India is taking a big step in maintaining its natural Flora, Fauna, and Indian Wildlife, has joined hands with South Africa to get Cheetahs back in India. The Cheetahs are arriving from South Africa’s Namibia on September 17 and the excitement around the project is so much that #CheetahIsBack has started trending on Twitter.
The reintroduction of Cheetahs is set to be done by our beloved Prime Minister Narendra Modi into the Indian wildlife on September 17. The reintroduction is set to be done in Kuno National Park (KNP) from Madhya Pradesh. Coincidentally this day also happens to be Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 72nd birthday. Seeing how much people are excited and seeing the trending hashtags on Twitter it would be an understatement that the whole country is eagerly waiting for the arrival of Cheetahs. The Cheetahs are arriving from South Africa’s Namibia on Saturday. The trending #CheetahIsBack has started trending on Twitter and is attracting people’s attention from all over India.
Many major Twitter handles have been sharing dedicated posts for the same and some of them being the official Twitter handles of All India Radio and Press Information Bureau (PIB), which have various dedicated posts to celebrate their reintroduction into the Indian wildlife.
This great news was announced by Union Minister Bhupender Yadav on September 11 stating that more than 25 Cheetahs will be brought to Kuno National Park (KNP) in a phased manner in the future. Initially, in the first phase, eight cheetahs will arrive at the KNP from South Africa on September 17(Saturday).
Many might not know but the Asiatic Cheetah was declared extinct in India back in 1952 after Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo shot the last offspring of the species in 1947. It has been over 70 years that finally we are introducing the Cheetahs into India’s Wildlife again and with this initiative, the government aims to restore the threatened ecosystem and conserve the species in India.
The ‘African Cheetah Introduction Project in India’ was first conceived in 2009 and a plan was made to introduce the big cat by November last year in the national park. However, the project was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the successive lockdowns, officials said. And finally, it is coming to life after so many years of talks, and exchanges and it’s the best thing that can happen to India’s wildlife.