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PM Modi releases 8 Cheetahs in Kuno National Park of Madhya Pradesh on his 72nd birthday.See photos

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released eight cheetahs from Namibia in the Kuno National Park on the occasion of his birthday on Saturday, September 17. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present with him on this occasion.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released eight cheetahs from Namibia in the Kuno National Park on the occasion of his birthday on Saturday, September 17. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan was also present with him on this occasion. PM Modi also took pictures of cheetahs after leaving them in the quarantine enclosure.

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Earlier, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Gwalior airport, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Governor were present to welcome him. Eight cheetahs were brought to Gwalior from Namibia in a special plane on Saturday morning as part of the cheetah reintroduction programme. The animals were later flown to the KNP, located in Sheopur district, in two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi presided over the release of the spotted creatures at the Kuno National Park in an ambitious project to reintroduce the big cats after they were driven to extinction there decades ago. Five of the eight cheetahs are female, between 2 and 5 years of age, and three are males between 4.5 and 5.5 years of age. After a Boeing 747-400 aircraft landed in Gwalior at around 7:55 am on Saturday morning, the big cats were taken to the national park on Air Force choppers.

Cheetahs will help in the restoration of open forest and grassland ecosystems in India and will help conserve biodiversity and enhance the ecosystem services like water security, carbon sequestration and soil moisture conservation. Project Cheetah chief,SP Yadav said that PM Modi will release two cheetahs from enclosure number one and after that about 70 meters away, at the second enclosure, the PM will release another cheetah.

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He further said “The cheetah is said to be the fastest animal. It runs at a speed of 100-120 kmph. The habitat chosen in Kuno is very beautiful and ideal, with large grasslands, small hills There are more forests and it is very suitable for cheetahs. Heavy security arrangements have been made in Kuno National Park. Arrangements have been made to check poaching activities.”

He added,”All the cheetahs have been fitted with radio collars and will be monitored through satellite. Besides, behind each cheetah there will be a dedicated surveillance team which will keep surveillance spot round the clock.”The release of wild Cheetahs by the Prime Minister in Kuno National Park is part of his efforts to revitalise and diversify India’s wildlife and its habitat, a statement from his office highlighted.

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