Cheetahs arriving from Namibia to Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno-Palpur National Park later this week should spend their total air transit interval empty abdomen, a senior forest division official mentioned on Tuesday.
Eight cheetahs might be dropped at Jaipur in Rajasthan from Namibia in Africa on September 17 in a cargo plane as a part of an inter-continental translocation undertaking and flown to the Kuno-Palpur National Park (KPNP) in Sheopur district the identical day.
After taking off from Namibia, meals to the felines might be given in KPNP, the place they’ll attain after an hour-long journey in helicopter from Jaipur, some 400km from the nationwide park, the official mentioned.
As a precaution, it’s mandated that an animal ought to have an empty abdomen on the time of commencing journey, MP Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) JS Chauhan instructed PTI.
He mentioned no meals might be given to the cheetahs throughout their journey from Namibia to Jaipur after which additional to the nationwide park.
Such a precaution is required as lengthy journey might create nausea-like emotions in animals resulting in different problems, Chauhan mentioned.
Asked about journey time between Namibia and Jaipur, the forest officer mentioned he has no thought on this regard, however the cargo airplane bringing the large cats is scheduled to land on the airport within the Rajasthan capital between 6 am to 7 am on September 17.
However, a web-based journey company’s web site confirmed that one-side journey of a passenger airplane from Windhoek (Namibia’s capital) to New Delhi takes 16 hours 40 minutes with a four-hour cease mid-way.
Chouhan mentioned after shifting the cheetahs from the cargo airplane to helicopter and finishing different formalities, the animals will attain helipads in Kuno-Palpur after an hour-long journey.
Officials of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change had been taking care of preparations associated to the inter-continental cheetah translocation undertaking and had been in contact with Namibian authorities, he mentioned.
The MP’s forest officer mentioned on arrival the cheetahs might be first stored in small enclosures for a month after which in larger ones for a few months for acclimatization and familiarisation with environment.
Later, they are going to be launched within the wild, he mentioned.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch three of those cheetahs into the park’s quarantine enclosures on September 17, his birthday, as a part of the cheetah reintroduction programme, seven many years after the animal turned extinct in India.
“We have set up six small quarantine enclosures as per the legal mandate required during the shifting of animals from one continent to another,” an official mentioned earlier.
He had mentioned in response to the protocol, the animals have to be quarantined for a month every earlier than and after shifting from one continent to a different.
The final cheetah died within the nation in 1947 in Korea district in present-day Chhattisgarh and the species was declared extinct from India in 1952.
The ‘African Cheetah Introduction Project in India’ was conceived in 2009.
A plan to introduce the large cat within the KPNP by November final yr had suffered a setback because of the COVID-19 pandemic, officers mentioned.
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