Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for patience from the public before visiting cheetahs. PM Modi added that though India declared cheetahs extinct in 1952; it is unfortunate that no constructive efforts were made to reintroduce them for decades. Eight cheetahs had landed in Gwalior from Namibia’s capital Windhoek at around 8 am on September 17; which was also PM Modi’s 72nd birthday. Referring to the cheetahs as ‘India’s guests’; he said that India will try its best to follow international guidelines in nurturing them. He thanked the government of Namibia for its assistance in the project.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told ‘cheetah mitras’ (friends) to protect the carnivores and ensure that human-animal conflict is avoided.
After releasing cheetahs in special enclosures at the Kuno National Park (KNP) in Madhya Pradesh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi told ‘cheetah mitras’ (friends) to protect the carnivores and ensure that human-animal conflict is avoided. During his interaction, the prime minister told them not to allow anyone inside the KNP, including himself; until the cheetahs are acclimatized to their new habitat. The PM recalled how he had roped in villagers to protect Asiatic lions in Gir when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. Eight cheetahs arrived in India from Namibia by a special flight on Saturday morning. Three of them were released by PM Modi in the KNP and the rest five by other leaders under the ambitious reintroduction project. The cheetahs had gone extinct in India seven decades ago.