New delhi date. 23 September 2022 Friday
Decades of efforts to repopulate the country’s extinct cheetah have paid off when eight cheetahs from Namibia arrived at Madhya Pradesh’s Kuno National Sanctuary, wildlife experts believe. This was followed by several years of research involving experts from India and South Africa.
On September 17, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the leopards in the Kuno Sanctuary, but experts believe that is not enough. All the cheetahs are collared and are being monitored in the forest with CCTV cameras and drones. Currently this leopard is in quarantine and after completion of one month it will be released in the wild but after that some challenge will arise in front of Madhya Pradesh forest staff and Kuno National Sanctuary officials.
Jasveer Singh Chauhan, Principal Forest Conservator and Chief Wildlife Warden of the state government, said that the challenge will start when Aam faces other poachers. He informed that we had already made many arrangements before his arrival such as CCTV cameras have been installed in a large part of the forest. A control room has been constructed. Here they are monitored day and night. When these are left in the wild, it does not mean that they will be overlooked. There is a dedicated forest staff for each cheetah and each cheetah is fitted with a collar to monitor their every activity. There is concern that the cheetah may not enter the village surrounding the national park. For this, the forest staff of the forest department and the villagers are also being alerted.
Concerns are not less
Some wildlife experts think the challenge is even greater because this is an African cheetah, not an Asian cheetah. There is a slight difference in these jeans. Although the first population of cheetahs has arrived in many years, some experts wonder how Namibia, and especially the South African cheetah, will cope with the powerful predators. It is a matter of concern.
Coono is home to large numbers of hyenas that also attack leopards. In South Africa and Namibia, this cheetah lived among predators like lions and tigers. At both these places the hyenas live in groups and attack the leopards.
What does the knower say?
Wildlife expert Valmiki Thapar says that leopards from Namibia and South Africa will find many enemies inside the forest and less prey available to them. Another important thing he said is the lack of grassland.
He gives the example of Africa and says that there is a population of leopards because there is a large area or grassland available for them to run in. He said that this is not the case here. In this order around 150 villages have been removed from the area and resettled outside the Kuno National Park. Those areas have been developed as grasslands.