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B747 Jumbo Jet lands in Namibia in order to transport eight cheetahs into Indian wildlife

The B747 Jumbo Jet landed in Namibia on Thursday in order to transport eight cheetahs that were to be introduced into the Indian wildlife on September 17 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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New Delhi: The B747 Jumbo Jet landed in Namibia on Thursday in order to transport eight cheetahs that were to be introduced into the Indian wildlife on September 17 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The tiger’s face has been painted on the B747 to symbolise the importance of the flight mission.

The aircraft has been given a special makeover to incorporate cages in order to transport live cargo from one continent to another. The aircraft has been modified to carry the cheetahs across the wide savannah and into Asia.

The cheetahs will be transported to Kuno National Park in the Sheopur area of Madhya Pradesh by helicopter when the plane lands in Jaipur on its return trip. After that, the cheetahs will be transported to Kuno National Park in the Sheopur area of Madhya Pradesh by helicopter.

On his birthday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will introduce the cheetahs to the national park, completing a decade-long project that has been delayed several times in the past.

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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 could not be executed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the successive lockdowns, officials said.

The new Cheetahs’ destination would be Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh as the optimum location to introduce the extinct animal for its good prey base for Cheetahs. The park has a good population of Chinkara, Spotted Deer, and Blackbuck, on which the cheetahs can prey and grow in the wild.

The Asiatic cheetah became extinct in India in 1952 after Maharaja Ramanuj Pratap Singh Deo shot the last offspring of the species in 1947.

 

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