New Delhi, Sep 15, 2022: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reintroduce cheetahs into the Indian wildlife on September 17 in Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Park (KNP). The day also happens to be his 72nd birthday. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the whole country is eagerly waiting for their arrival. The cheetahs are arriving from South Africa’s Namibia on Saturday. The excitement around the project is so much that #CheetahIsBack has started trending on Twitter.
The official Twitter handles of All India Radio and Press Information Bureau (PIB), have dedicated posts to celebrate their reintroduction into the Indian wildlife.
Union minister Bhupender Yadav said on September 11 that more than 25 cheetahs will be brought to KNP in a phased manner in the future. Initially, eight cheetahs will arrive at the KNP on September 17 (Saturday).
The Twitter handle of High Commission of India in Namibia shared a special post to celebrate the return of the cheetahs.
All India Radio’s Twitter handle shared a countdown post.
PIB shared a Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham meme featuring Jaya Bachchan. The arrival of the animals is nothing short of a celebration for all Indians.
The Asiatic Cheetah was declared extinct in India in 1952 after Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo shot the last offspring of the species in 1947. 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.
Courtesy: India Today