Eight cheetahs from Namibia have entered their new home, Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi released them as part of India's feline rehabilitation programme.

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1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today released three cheetahs in the Kuno National Park. Sporting a fedora hat, the Prime Minister was also seen taking pictures of felines with a professional camera. He released two cheetahs from prison number one and after that, about 70 meters from number two, released another.

2. All cheetahs were radio-collared and tracked by satellite. There is a dedicated monitoring unit behind each cheetah that will track their movements every hour. 3. The plane carrying the cheetah landed at the Indian Air Force (IAF) operational Maharajpura Air Base Gwalior shortly before 8 am. Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia oversaw the arrangement as the cheetahs were transported to an Air Force helicopter that transported them to the Kuno National Park.

4. "The cheetahs have entered their new home - KUNO - a heavenly home for our cats," the minister tweeted, sharing a photo from the airport. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is celebrating his birthday today, will release the flying cats in different areas of the park.

5. There is no greater gift for Madhya Pradesh than Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said this morning, calling the 'historical' feral cat carrying Namibia in the Kuno National Park monster happened in the century. This will promote rapid tourism in the state, especially in the Kuno-Palpur region, he said.

6. "The cats are small, but they are not calm. They are all very good," said Dr Laurie Marker, an expert in the world, who was on the plane with the big cats.

7. According to the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF), an international non-profit organization based in Namibia dedicated to saving the fastest animals, five female cheetahs are between two years old and one year old. five, while boys are 4.5 and 5.5. age. 8. India used to be the home of Asian cheetahs, but it was declared that this species was eradicated from the country in 1952. The big cats are brought to India from Namibia as part of an intercontinental translocation project.

9. The national park is located in the Sheopur district of Madhya Pradesh, about 165 km from Gwalior. Kuno Park was chosen as a habitat because of its abundant wildlife and grasslands. But critics have warned that the cheetah may try to adapt to the habitat and could lead to a large population of leopards already.

10. The "Indian African Cheetah Introduction Project" was launched in 2009 and the planned introduction of the big cats in November last year in KNP was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. , officials said. Considered vulnerable according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, there are less than 7,000 cheetahs left worldwide, mostly in the African savannah.